Italy will begin to open the main sectors that were closed due to anticovid measures, such as restaurants, as of April 26, although only outdoors, in addition to schools, Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced this Friday .
“You can look to the future with cautious optimism,” Draghi said at a press conference, after meeting with his advisers, in which he noted that these reopens are “a reasonable risk ” that the Italian government is taking to benefit the economy already social life.
Italy will allow the reopening from April 26 of all schools and in all courses in person in areas of mild or medium risk, as well as bars and restaurants for lunch and dinner, but only on terraces, to reactivate the sector.
The schools at highest risk area , known as “red areas”, will combine classroom education with telematics.
In this way, Italy, taking advantage of the reduction in contagions , anticipates the reopening, since the last decree forced to maintain throughout the country until April 30 the restrictions of the areas of medium and high risk, which especially affected the restoration.
Likewise , travel between regions with better data will be allowed , something that could not be done for months, while a document will be enabled to change between areas with different epidemiological levels.
The Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, explained that a “transition phase” is beginning for which a calendar has been created with other planned openings.
From May 15 the opening of the swimming pools to the open is expected, from June 1 some activities in the gyms and from July 1 the fairs.
As for cinemas, theaters and shows , a sector closed since last October and in serious trouble, could also open to the open from April 26, although it is not yet official, according to local media.
One of the partners of Draghi’s government of national unity, the far-right Matteo Salvini, said that since April he will return to the cinema and theater wherever epidemiological data allow.
Draghi said that there is a good chance that these openings will be final and will not have to be closed again, although everything will depend on whether people respect the security protocols and also the progress of the vaccination campaign, he warned.
“These measures respond to the discomfort of many workers , families, young people and will bring greater serenity in the country and lay the basis for the boost of the economy,” he said.
In recent weeks, Draghi has come under pressure to allow the reopening, especially from the regions and also from the Salvini League, which demanded to reopen immediately so as not to damage the economy further.