New Delhi: The government of Italy will allow travel to and from the country from June 3, as the government moves to ease some of its stringent COVID-19 lockdown measures.
Italy was one of the first countries in Europe that imposed the nationwide lockdown in February when positive cases of COVID-19 began to surface in its northern regions. Italy also has the third-largest death toll in the world right after the United States and the United Kingdom. Close to 31,000 people have lost their lives due to the novel coronavirus.
This move to re-open the economy after more than two months in lockdown is a major one of the Italian government. This is also because leaving the date rates aside, in recent days, the infection rate has fallen in Italy.
Being the first country to impose nationwide lockdowns, Italy began relaxing its strict lockdown norms after the reopening of factories and markets on May 4. Many shops and restaurants are due to open from May 18 provided that the physical distancing norms are practised. Moreover, all travel restrictions will also be lifted after June 3. Catholic churches and other religious faiths will now be allowed to hold religious services as well. Provided that strict physical distancing norms are followed including wearing masks.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is however in favour of gradual easing of restrictions to avoid the second wave of such cases as opposed to a swifter easing as stated by some other Italian regions.
Not long ago, the Italian government endorsed a €55bn (£48bn; $59bn) stimulus package intended to balance the financial effect of the pandemic on organisations and families.