Italy’s bars and restaurants reopen for indoor service on Tuesday

Italy's bars and restaurants reopen for indoor service on Tuesday
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Bars and restaurants can serve customers indoors once again as Italy continues to ease its coronavirus restrictions.

From Tuesday June 1st, bars and restaurants across Italy can once again serve customers indoors, as well as outdoors – meaning restaurants which don’t have outside seating can now reopen.

And at bars, customers will once again be allowed to drink their coffee at the counter.

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The rules requiring bar and restaurant customers to wear masks when not sitting down, or eating or drinking, remain in place.

Drinking your coffee al bancone has has been forbidden since March, as serving all food and drink indoors was prohibited.

The ban sparked protests from Italy’s bar owners, who said the tradition of drinking coffee quickly while standing at the counter was the “lifeblood” of tens of thousands of small businesses.

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Outdoor table service at bars and restaurants was allowed to resume in lower-risk ‘yellow’ zones from the end of April onwards as the country began gradually easing coronavirus restrictions.

Italy’s last remaining rules are set to be lifted over the next month – and almost all measures have already been dropped in the three regions declared low-risk ‘white’ zones from Monday May 31st.

Sports stadiums can also reopen to the public from Tuesday, at 25 percent of their maximum capacity.

From Monday June 7th, the evening curfew will be pushed back from 11pm to midnight throughout Italy – excluding the ‘white zone’ regions, where no curfew is required.

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So far, only mask-wearing and social distancing rules must remain in place in white zones, the health minister has said.

The final set of rules in each region depends on the local authority, as each is free to impose stricter restrictions than those set by the national government.

Most, if not all, Italian regions are expected to be downgraded from ‘yellow zone’ risk status to ‘white’ this month, as the health data continues to improve across the country.


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  1. In bocca al lupo. What a sacrifice Italians have made to get to this point where restaurants and bars can open and people can drink an espresso at the bar. All my fingers and toes are crossed for a successful “riapertura”.

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