3rd lockdown | Italy

Setback for Italy's restaurateurs

"Pranzo al volo" - sounds a bit like a holiday flight in Italian. But as of this week, restaurant guests in Rome and three other major cities are simply required to take-away.
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"Pranzo al volo" - sounds a bit like a holiday flight in Italian. But as of this week, restaurant guests in Rome and three other major cities are simply required to take-away.

"Tutto chiuso", everything closed applies in half of the Italian regions again since this week. Over the Easter holidays, the whole country is to return to a strict lockdown. The number of new infections is at the level of November 2020.

At the beginning of February, the figures gave reason for hope. Restaurants and even museums were allowed to reopen in the country. Now, for the third time, the motto is: safety first. Stay at home!

Last Friday, 27,000 new infections were registered in Italy, and the number is still over 20,000, with a 7-day incidence of over 260. In large parts of Italy, lockdown means that people are no longer allowed outside - at least not without a good reason. This must be carried in a written self-declaration. Permitted are the way to work, to the doctor or to shop nearby.

In ten of the 20 regions including the four largest cities in the countryd - Rome, Milan, Naples and Turin - schools, bars, restaurants, hairdressers and beauticians are closed. Shops selling essential goods remain open. Restaurants are only allowed to offer takeaway food.

Bleak prospects at Easter

Only South Tyrol always seems to be in the counter-trend: New infection figures in the alpine state have fallen so far that daycare centers and elementary schools are allowed to reopen. In addition, the island of Sardinia is an exception as long as infection levels there remain low. But at the beginning of April, South Tyrol is also affected, at least temporarily. The current lockdown for half of the Italian regions is to be extended to the whole country over the Easter holidays from 3 to 5 April. Until then, South Tyrol aims to become a yellow zone and also reopen restaurants and bars.

Vaccinations to be stepped up to cope with the pandemic, up to 500,000 people in Italy are to be vaccinated every day in the near future, according to media reports. In doing so, the government wants to triple the pace of vaccination. Dentists, sports physicians and pharmacists are also to actively support the vaccination campaign. Even the church wants to make rooms available. Schools and large businesses should be able to reopen by the end of the holidays in September. 80 percent of the people in the country should be vaccinated by then, in order to achieve the so-called herd immunity in terms of coronavirus.

Italy is considered a COVID 19 risk area for travellers from Germany.

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