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Tourism Minister: The Republic Day is a good day for Italy to reopen

Tourism Minister: Republic Day is a possible date for Italy to reopen
Written by Harry Johnson

It is necessary to schedule in advance the easing of COVID-19 restrictions to give Italian businesses time to prepare

  • Shopkeepers, hoteliers, bar owners have staged a series of protests in many Italian cities
  • A demonstration outside the Lower House in Rome on Tuesday turned ugly
  • Restrictions will be eased significantly in May, with some limitations dropped as early as April 20

Italy’s Tourism Minister announced today that it was necessary to schedule in advance the easing of COVID-19 restrictions to give businesses time to prepare, adding that the Republic Day holiday on June 2 was a possible date for the nation to substantially «reopen».

Shopkeepers, hoteliers, bar owners and other people whose businesses have been shut by the restrictions have staged a series of protests in many Italian cities this week, including a demonstration outside the Lower House in Rome on Tuesday that turned ugly.

“There are businesses that can open from one day to the next, such as a barber,” Tourism Minister Massimo Garavaglia said.

“Others, such as large hotels, cannot.

“It is necessary to monitor the data and, on the basis of the data, reopen as soon as possible.”

“We need to plan to be fast, otherwise the others will overtake us.”

“June 2 is our national holiday and it could be the date of the reopening.”

Regional Affairs Minister Mariastella Gelmini said the restrictions will be eased significantly in May, adding that some limitations may be dropped as early as April 20.