Coronavirus — Italy, Greece Reopen to Tourists

  • All reopened facilities must follow restrictions and guidelines, Conte reiterated.
  • On Saturday, Greeks were given the green light once again to visit the nation's beaches, with restrictions.
  • Both nations are heavily dependent on tourism.

Italians will be allowed to travel to other EU countries as from June 3, the government announced Friday nightand other Europeans will be able to enter Italy from the same day. There will also no longer be a quarantine period for people entering Italy. The announcement was made by the country’s Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic was first confirmed to have spread to Italy on 31 January 2020, when two Chinese tourists in Rome tested positive for the virus. As of May 17, there are 225,435 cases and 31,908 deaths.

The Italian government is also ready to reopen the Italian gyms, swimming pools and sports halls on May 25. However, they must follow certain security measures, Conte reiterated. Cinemas and theaters have to wait until June 15.

Conte and his government shut down Italy in early March to stop the spread of the coronavirus, which to date has killed more than 31,500 Italians. The closure put an abrupt halt to holiday travel to Italy, which is deeply dependent on the income of tourists.

Italy has not completely closed its borders during the shutdown, however. Persons working in a neighboring country or going abroad for health reasons have been allowed to leave the country. But for the entire period, tourism has been outlawed, and travelers to Italy have been undergoing two weeks quarantine.

About three months after the outbreak began in Italy, an improvement has lately been witnessed in the country. Earlier Saturday, health authorities in Italy announced that 153 deaths due to coronavirus had been recorded in the past 24 hours. It is the lowest daily coronavirus related death rate to be recorded in Italy since March 9.

On Friday, Italy recorded 242 deaths due to the coronavirus. The number of inpatients in the country’s intensive care units is also declining. On Saturday, there were 775 seriously ill patients in intensive care, compared to 808 the day before.

Greece Reopens its Beaches

The COVID-19 pandemic first appeared in Greece on 26 February 2020 when the first COVID-19 case, a 38-year-old woman from Thessaloniki who had recently visited Νorthern Italy, was confirmed. As of May 17, there were 2,834 cases and 163 deaths.

On Saturday, Greeks were given the green light once again to visit the nation’s beachesAll of the country’s 515 publicly-managed beaches have reopened after having been closed following the eruption of the Coronavirus pandemic. However, there are strict rules in as far as the number of people allowed at the beach at any particular time, and the social distance that they should observe from one another.

As per the laid out rules by the Greece authorities, there must be a maximum of 40 people per 1,000 square meters, and at least four meters between the umbrellas set up on the beaches, A rule that should be strictly observed. Additionally, under each umbrella, there must be no more than two sun loungers. 

Also, the beach bars may only sell packaged food. Alcohol sales are prohibited. If the rules are broken, the operators risk beaches being closed for a month. In addition, a fine of up to €20,000 may be imposed.

Greece has not registered near as many deaths or cases of coronavirus in comparison to its neighboring countries. Over 2,800 people have been confirmed infected and 160 have since died in the country. From May 4, the country began to ease the measures introduced to limit the spread of infection.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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