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Italy’s bars and restaurants reopen for indoor service on Tuesday

Bars and restaurants can serve customers indoors once again as Italy continues to ease its coronavirus restrictions.

Italy's bars and restaurants reopen for indoor service on Tuesday
Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

From Tuesday June 1st, bars and restaurants across Italy can once again serve customers indoors, as well as outdoors – meaning restaurants which don’t have outside seating can now reopen.

And at bars, customers will once again be allowed to drink their coffee at the counter.

READ ALSO: What changes about life in Italy in June 2021?

The rules requiring bar and restaurant customers to wear masks when not sitting down, or eating or drinking, remain in place.

Drinking your coffee al bancone has has been forbidden since March, as serving all food and drink indoors was prohibited.

The ban sparked protests from Italy’s bar owners, who said the tradition of drinking coffee quickly while standing at the counter was the “lifeblood” of tens of thousands of small businesses.

Photo: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP

Outdoor table service at bars and restaurants was allowed to resume in lower-risk ‘yellow’ zones from the end of April onwards as the country began gradually easing coronavirus restrictions.

Italy’s last remaining rules are set to be lifted over the next month – and almost all measures have already been dropped in the three regions declared low-risk ‘white’ zones from Monday May 31st.

Sports stadiums can also reopen to the public from Tuesday, at 25 percent of their maximum capacity.

From Monday June 7th, the evening curfew will be pushed back from 11pm to midnight throughout Italy – excluding the ‘white zone’ regions, where no curfew is required.

MAP: Which parts of Italy will become Covid-19 ‘white zones’ in June?

So far, only mask-wearing and social distancing rules must remain in place in white zones, the health minister has said.

The final set of rules in each region depends on the local authority, as each is free to impose stricter restrictions than those set by the national government.

Most, if not all, Italian regions are expected to be downgraded from ‘yellow zone’ risk status to ‘white’ this month, as the health data continues to improve across the country.

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  1. In bocca al lupo. What a sacrifice Italians have made to get to this point where restaurants and bars can open and people can drink an espresso at the bar. All my fingers and toes are crossed for a successful “riapertura”.

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Italy begins monkeypox vaccination drive in four regions

Italy this week began offering vaccination against monkeypox in regions with the most confirmed cases, the health ministry said.

Italy begins monkeypox vaccination drive in four regions

The first vaccinations against monkeypox, or vaiolo delle scimmie, were carried out in the Lazio region on Monday at Rome’s Spallazani hospital for infectious diseases.

The vaccination campaign will soon be extended to the three other Italian regions with the highest number of monkeypox cases: Emilia Romagna, Lombardy and Veneto.

A total of 4,200 jabs are available in Italy at the moment, according to national broadcaster Rai.

Italy has recorded just over 500 cases so far, though health authorities say the disease continues to spread.

Italy currently recommends vaccination for people in the following high-risk groups;

  • laboratory staff at risk of possible direct exposure to orthopoxvirus
  • gay, transgender, bisexual and other men who have sex with men

The World Health Organization said on Saturday that the monkeypox outbreak represents a global health emergency. So far this year, there have been more than 16,000 cases in more than 75 countries. Five deaths – all in Africa – have been linked to the virus.

First detected in humans in 1970, monkeypox is less dangerous and contagious than the eradicated smallpox virus, which it resembles, and an existing smallpox vaccine is being used against it.

See further details of the vaccination drive on the health ministry’s official website here or speak to your healthcare provider for more information.

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