In ‘Calculated Risk,’ Italy to Reopen Its Borders to Tourists from EU Countries

By Kurt Stolz on 18 May 2020
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Breakfast at the Parkhotel Laurin, Bolzano,

Italy announced that EU citizens and those residing in Schengen Area countries will be exempt from the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for arriving visitors starting in June.

The Italian government is also loosening restrictions for internal travel.

Italy was the first European country to impose a tight lockdown in March.  The lockdown was only slightly relaxed by authorities there on May 4.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said that the move was a “calculated risk,” adding that “We’re facing this risk and we have to accept it because otherwise we will never get started again.”

The country has seen almost 32,000 fatalities from Covid-19 since February, a death toll that is only behind the United States’ and United Kingdom’s.

The lifting of travel restrictions will follow Festa della Repubblica, or Republic Day, which takes place on June 2, to avoid encouraging too much travel over the holiday weekend.  Festa della Repubblica commemorates the day on which Italians were called to the polls after the end of the Second World War to decide on a form of government for their country, monarchy or republic.

Starting June 3, the only travel restrictions for Italians that will remain in place will be on travel to areas considered to be at high risk for the coronavirus.

Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to reopen, albeit only with social distancing measures of 39” (one meter) in place that include mandatory face masks for customers, except when eating or drinking, and for staff.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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