MILAN (AP) — Italy’s gradual reopening on Monday after six months of rotating virus lockdowns is satisfying nobody: Too cautious for some, too hasty for others.
Permitting outside eating comes too little, too late for Italy’s restaurant homeowners, whose survival is threatened by greater than a yr of on-again, off-again closures. The nation’s continued 10 p.m. curfew places a damper on theater reopenings, and is seen as unhealthy public relations for Italy’s key tourism trade, which hopes the second summer time of the pandemic can lastly see the return of abroad guests. The federal government has additionally been dealing with robust strain to reopen from Italy’s right-wing events.
But the nation’s weary virologists and medical employees fear that even the tentative reopening deliberate by Premier Mario Draghi’s authorities will invite a free-for-all that dangers a brand new virus surge earlier than the present one is actually tamped down.
“Sadly, as I’ve needed to repeat usually: The virus doesn’t negotiate. The virus, furthermore, has succeeded in adapting itself, turning into extra aggressive and extra widespread,’’ mentioned Professor Massimo Galli of Milan’s Sacco Hospital.
In a preview of what many concern, Italians on Sunday — a day earlier than the virus restrictions loosened — crowded the streets, squares and parks of cities from Rome to Turin, Milan to Naples, as hotter climate pushed apart an unusually chilly spring.