Italy will adopt new measures to curb the covid-19, such as the extension of telework and restrictions on the operation of bars and restaurants, the Prime Minister announced today, on the day that the country registered a new record of infections. Italy registered 11 705 new cases of covid-19 infection in the last 24 hours, almost 800 more than on Saturday, which represents the biggest increase since the pandemic began.

Segundo Giuseppe Conte, as measures will allow “to face the new wave of contagions that is severely affecting Italy and Europe”. “We must not waste any time. We must adopt measures to avoid a new widespread confinement, which could seriously endanger the economy“, justified the head of the Italian Government, at a press conference at the Chigi Palace, headquarters of the Government, in Rome .

The principle is to limit gatherings as much as possible, conducive to the transmission of covid-19 infection, both in public and private spaces. Restaurants, which will have to indicate their maximum capacity abroad, can only have six people per table and must close at midnight at the latest, while bars at 6 pm if they do not have table service.

The teleworking regime should be extended to 75% of public sector employees, a rule recommended for private companies. Work meetings should preferably be held by videoconference. Teleworking will reduce the pressure on public transport, which should limit its capacity, especially during peak hours, to safeguard the physical distance between passengers.

Fairs, festivals and amateur sports prohibited

Distance learning will be privileged, but, when in person, the entrance and exit of students from schools must be done in order to avoid crowds. Local festivals and fairs, which represent 34,000 jobs and 900 million euros of annual turnover, are now banned, as are amateur team sports.

The mayors of the municipalities can close, from 21.00, streets or places where crowds can form.


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