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Italy: Prime Minister Conte announces further COVID restrictions for holiday season02:56

Italy: Prime Minister Conte announces further COVID restrictions for holiday season

Italy, Rome
December 4, 2020 at 02:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte addressed the nation from his official residence at the Chigi Palace in Rome on Thursday evening. Conte announced the rules and regulations his government have put in place in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 during the holidays.

"The holiday season is arriving. If this period were to be tackled with the measures that we are using in the yellow areas, a new surge in infections would be almost inevitable. It's for this reason that we are forced to introduce a plan of measures that foresees further restrictions," announced Conte.

"From December 21st to January 6th all movement from one region to another is prohibited, even to reach second homes. Beware, on December 25th; Christmas, Boxing Day; December 26th, and January 1st travelling will also be prohibited from one municipality to another," confirmed Conte.

The new restrictions particularly impact the hospitality and travel sectors, which have been hit heavily by the drop in tourism since the pandemic.

"Ski resorts will be closed immediately once the new restrictions enter into force. From December 4th until January 6th, and similarly from December 21st to January 6th all cruises are suspended," confirmed Conte.

There was some good news regarding the return to face-to-face learning for students. "From January 7th face-to-face teaching will resume in secondary schools. Every school in this first phase will be guaranteed the return to face-to-face teaching for 75 percent of students," announced Conte.

There have been 1,664,829 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Italy since the outbreak began. Thus far, 58,038 virus-related deaths have been recorded nationwide.

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte addressed the nation from his official residence at the Chigi Palace in Rome on Thursday evening. Conte announced the rules and regulations his government have put in place in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 during the holidays.

"The holiday season is arriving. If this period were to be tackled with the measures that we are using in the yellow areas, a new surge in infections would be almost inevitable. It's for this reason that we are forced to introduce a plan of measures that foresees further restrictions," announced Conte.

"From December 21st to January 6th all movement from one region to another is prohibited, even to reach second homes. Beware, on December 25th; Christmas, Boxing Day; December 26th, and January 1st travelling will also be prohibited from one municipality to another," confirmed Conte.

The new restrictions particularly impact the hospitality and travel sectors, which have been hit heavily by the drop in tourism since the pandemic.

"Ski resorts will be closed immediately once the new restrictions enter into force. From December 4th until January 6th, and similarly from December 21st to January 6th all cruises are suspended," confirmed Conte.

There was some good news regarding the return to face-to-face learning for students. "From January 7th face-to-face teaching will resume in secondary schools. Every school in this first phase will be guaranteed the return to face-to-face teaching for 75 percent of students," announced Conte.

There have been 1,664,829 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Italy since the outbreak began. Thus far, 58,038 virus-related deaths have been recorded nationwide.

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