Here’s what changes from Monday as Italy moves into ‘phase three’

Here's what changes from Monday as Italy moves into 'phase three'
People drink coffee at a bar terrace on Venice's St Mark's Square on June 12th. Photo: AFP
Italy enters the next phase of its gradual release from lockdown on Monday as it rolls back more coronavirus restrictions, after the Prime Minister signed a new decree.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Thursday signed off on beginning what the government describes as the third phase of Italy's precautionary measures from Monday June 15th.

According to the latest decree:

  • Cinemas and theatres will be allowed to re-open from June 15th.
  • Amateur contact sports, including team sports, are allowed from June 25th.
  • Nightclubs – either indoors or outdoors – will be authorised from July 14th.

However, many of Italy's regional authorities have brought in their own rules on reopenings which may differ from these national rules.

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The decree confirms obligatory quarantine for visitors arriving in Italy will continue, save for those entering from the EU and signatories to the passport-free Schengen zone.

Find out more about the current rules on travelling to Italy in a separate article here.
 
It also strictly limits to 200 the number of people who may visit cinemas or museums at any given time, regardless of venue size.
 
Social distancing measures and face mask requirements will remain in place in closed public spaces, and bans on large-scale meetings remain, with smaller “static” gatherings allowed only on the condition that social distancing is respected.
 
Schools are expected to remain closed until September.
 
 
Italy began rolling back its strict lockdown rules gradually from early May, and allowed travel to and within the country to resume on June 3rd.
 
Italy is among the European countries worst hit by the virus, officially recording more than 34,000 Covid-19 victims.
 
The daily death count in the country is now below 100, though a large percentage of fatalities as well as new cases continue to be recorded in the worst affected region of Lombardy.
 
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