The Italy government on Saturday approved a decree which will allow travel to and from abroad from June 3. It is considered as a major development of tourism. The move comes amid one of the world’s most rigid coronavirus lockdown.
The government will allow free travel across the country from that same day. Prime Minister Giuseppe insisted on a gradual return from the lockdown restrictions to a normal life to prevent another deadly virus spread. Some regions insisted for a quicker lifting of the restrictions though.
Around 31,600 Italians have died of COVID-19 since the outbreak came to light on Feb. 21, the third-highest death toll in the world after that of the United States and Britain.
Italy was the first European country to impose nationwide restrictions in March. Only an initial relaxation of the rules was lifted on May 4. It allowed factories and parks to reopen.
May 18 will witness the opening of shops. The government also decided that individual regions should allow movement. It means that people would be able to visit their family and friends.
All the inter-regional and foreign travels would remain banned until June 2. June 2 is the republic day of Italy. Lifting the restrictions on June 3 would prevent any mass travels within the country.
Al the travel restrictions will be lifted from June 3 — a major milestone on Italy’s road to recovery, with the government hoping to salvage the forthcoming vacation season when Italians traditionally escape the cities for their annual summer breaks.
The regions can reactivate all sectors of the economy that might still be shuttered, so long as safety protocols are followed. National health authorities will monitor the situation to make sure infections are kept in check, the decree said.
“The challenge is huge, so big it is hard to quantify, and most of all there is uncertainty. The sense of uncertainty is dominating everything,” said Alberto Volpe, manager of a clothing shop in central Rome.