In Italy, half-lockdown measures taken for restaurants
Bars, restaurants, pastry shops. New security measures to prevent Covid-19 infections. The protests begin
Here we go, again. In Italy, 21,273 new cases of Covid-19 infections have been recorded in the last 24 hours. Infections are rising fast, and the rules are changing just as quickly.
Thus, today at 13.30 Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced at a press conference, the new measures to deal with the situation.
From today to November 24th ,the rules will be these: restaurants, bars, ice cream parlours and pastry shops close at 6pm, without exception. Wedding celebrations have also been suspended.
And this is only for food, but cinemas, theatres, gyms, swimming pools and many other activities have also been closed.
In Milano, Roma and Napoli there have been clashes and protests, precisely in anticipation of these closures. The draft of the decree had circulated as a gossip.
In recent days, especially in Naples, there have been riots related to the curfew decided by Governor De Luca throughout the Campania Region. There were guerrilla scenes in front of the Palazzo della Regione. Initially, the protest was peaceful: it was made up only of traders and restaurateurs. Then things degenerated, some say due to the infiltration of organized crime into the demonstration.
Unfortunately, with a decree that effectively prevents dinner, many restaurants will not cash in enough to stay open. This lockdown is not as complete as that of March, but it affects the same realities that were already in crisis since then.
The restaurant owners are in big trouble, and by closing now, some of them will probably never reopen.