Naples allows pizza deliveries to resume under tough local rules

Naples allows pizza deliveries to resume under tough local rules
Pizza deliveries in Campania had been suspended under regional resrictions. Photo: AFP
Since lockdown was enforced, people in Naples and the surrounding region of Campania have been missing out on one of the area's most famous creations - its pizza.

Naples without its famed pizzerias may be hard to imagine, and while pizzerias and restaurants have been closed to the public nationwide, in most of Italy it has at least been possible to order a delivery.

But people in the Campania region have had to resort to making their own Neapolitan-style pizzas at home for the past few weeks, after deliveries were banned under the southern region's particularly strict coronavirus lockdown rules.

On Wednesday Campania's governor, Vincenzo De Luca, gave the go-ahead for pizzerias and other restaurants to resume home deliveries, local media reported.
 
The new ordinance also allows bakeries, ice cream shops and bars to deliver products to customers at home.
 
 
“It's a first step towards relaunching economic activities, with responsibility and prudence, and this requires everyone to comply with the rules,” De Luca told a press conference on Wednesday.
 
De Luca has also approved the reopening of bookshops and stationery shops, over a week after certain businesses in other parts of Italy were allowed to do so under national rules.
As well as italy's national rules, many regions have brought in their own set of regulations – often even stricter than those set by the national government.
 
 
Southern Italian regional authorities have been particularly concerned about the infection spreading from the worst-hit northern regions, amid fears that underfunded hospitals in many parts of the south could not cope with a similar outbreak.
 
As prime minister Giuseppe Conte is set to announce this week which – if any – lockdown rules will be relaxed nationwide after the current lockdown period ends on May 3rd, De Luca has said he would “close the borders” of the Campania region to prevent people arriving from the hard-hit north of Italy if travel restrictions are eased.
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