Italy increased restrictions in the run-up to Christmas due to COVID-19

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Italian authorities prohibit travel around the country at Christmas and New Year’s Eve as part of the strengthening measures to combat the spread of coronavirus. This was announced on December 2 by Roberto Speranza, Minister of Health of the Republic.

“The upcoming holidays must be taken very seriously if we do not want new restrictions in the period from January to February. Without significant restrictions on movement, strict observance of safety rules, coexistence with the virus is doomed to failure. Therefore, we need clear and strict measures,” he quotes the Corriere della Sera.

Sieranza added that it is necessary to limit as much as possible the unnecessary contacts between citizens. In compliance with the recommendation for the holidays will be forbidden to travel between countries, and on December 25 and 26 and January 1 – and between cities.

In addition, stressed the Minister, the government announced its intention to “limit meetings”, especially at tourist resorts, due to the holidays and to maintain curfews.

The new decree is expected to be approved by Friday, December 4.