- 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 night, and 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 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
On Saturday, Greeks were given the green light once again to visit the nation’s beaches. All 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.