Italy PM Conte announces new lockdown measures

Last Wednesday, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte added new restrictions to the lockdown imposed to fight the coronavirus after figures showed Italy having an exponential increase in deaths since the outbreak began.

Conte addressing the nation on TV announces the shutdown of all shops except supermarkets, food stores and chemists, and companies must close all their departments that are not essential to production.

Along with all bars and restaurants, services such as hairdressers and beauty parlors will also be closed to the public. Company canteens can remain open if they are able to guarantee the security distance of one meter between customers.

Giuseppe Conte’s announcement after a meeting with President Sergio Mattarella (photo by Francesco Ammendola – Presidenza della Repubblica Office for the Press and Communication)

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