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Italy decrees the closure of swimming pools, gymnasiums, theaters and cinemas and forces bars and restaurants to close at 6 p.m.

Updated: Sunday, October 25, 2020 3:51 PM

Published on: 25.10.2020 12:00

The president of the Italian government, Giuseppe Conte, signed this Sunday a new decree which imposes the closure of swimming pools, gymnasiums, theaters and cinemas from tomorrow and forces the closure of premises, bars and restaurants at 6:00 p.m. in an attempt to stop the contagions of covid-19, which have exploded in the country.

After hours of negotiations with the regions which requested aid for the owners of bars and restaurants, this new decree was signed, valid from tomorrow until November 24. For the moment, restaurants and bars can open at these times on Sundays and public holidays.

The tightening of anti-contagion measures comes before the exponential increase in cases which this Saturday were 19,644 in the last 24 hours and 151 deaths Italy follows with great concern the increase in hospitalized patients, which is already 12,415 in the whole country, with an increase of 817 from Friday. The number of people admitted to intensive care units has increased by 79 people and there are now 1,128 patients in the ICU.

The new decree reiterates the compulsory use of masks at all times and it is recommended to avoid welcoming people who are not cohabiting at home. Although the national curfew has been avoided, which already exists in regions such as Lazio, whose capital is Rome, Campania, Sicily, Calabria and Lombardy, the regions have the power to close areas where there may be settlements from the 21.00.

Restaurants, bars, pubs, ice cream parlors and pastry shops may only be open from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., but they are allowed to open on Sundays and public holidays. Only four people per table are allowed if they are not from the same family nucleus and home delivery up to 24 hours. Gyms, swimming pools and spas, as well as cultural centers, social centers, recreation centers, bingo halls, casinos and amusement parks should also be closed, while parks and playgrounds for children will remain open.

Theaters, cinemas and concert halls are also closed, as well as open-air ones, and any type of organization of events and conferences in attendance will be prohibited. The opening of ski resorts will not be allowed, especially after the footage of this Saturday with long queues and people crowded into the ski lifts.

The government has not decreed a ban on travel between regions, but it “strongly recommends that all people not go, by public or private means of transport, to a municipality other than that of residence, home or home, except for proven needs to work or study, for health reasons “.

It also introduces new measures to apply distance learning to at least 75% of pupils in second-year secondary education courses, i.e. aged over 14 years. Conte is expected to appear today at a press conference to explain the content of the new decree.

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