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Italy: Rome police fine owners of bars remaining open to protest curfew02:37

Italy: Rome police fine owners of bars remaining open to protest curfew

Italy, Rome
January 15, 2021 at 23:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

While bars and restaurants across Italy remained open in protest on Friday despite coronavirus curfews, police could be seen patrolling the Trastevere area of Rome, fining owners and clients for breaking curfew.

Launched on social networks with the hashtag #IoApro1501, which translates to I open on January 15th, the initiative has collected tens of thousands of followers.

The popularity of the protest led Rome police to organised a patrol of the highly popular Trastevere neighbourhood, known for its huge amount of bars and restaurants.

The current curfew, bought into place to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect Italy's health care system, requires restaurants to close their doors and only offer delivery services after 6.00 p.m.

Footage shows police fining customers who were drinking outside bars after 6.00 p.m., as well as owners who's bars were serving people. The fines were €400 ($483) for clients and €8,000 ($9,661) for the bar owners.

Some bars in the neighbourhood, though closed to avoid receiving fines, could be seen showing their support for the movement. One bar had a sign on the shutters reading: "This is a company that follows the rules. But this does not mean that we don't need: Certainties regarding reopening, adequate compensation, and subsidised rents."

Italy: Rome police fine owners of bars remaining open to protest curfew02:37
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While bars and restaurants across Italy remained open in protest on Friday despite coronavirus curfews, police could be seen patrolling the Trastevere area of Rome, fining owners and clients for breaking curfew.

Launched on social networks with the hashtag #IoApro1501, which translates to I open on January 15th, the initiative has collected tens of thousands of followers.

The popularity of the protest led Rome police to organised a patrol of the highly popular Trastevere neighbourhood, known for its huge amount of bars and restaurants.

The current curfew, bought into place to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect Italy's health care system, requires restaurants to close their doors and only offer delivery services after 6.00 p.m.

Footage shows police fining customers who were drinking outside bars after 6.00 p.m., as well as owners who's bars were serving people. The fines were €400 ($483) for clients and €8,000 ($9,661) for the bar owners.

Some bars in the neighbourhood, though closed to avoid receiving fines, could be seen showing their support for the movement. One bar had a sign on the shutters reading: "This is a company that follows the rules. But this does not mean that we don't need: Certainties regarding reopening, adequate compensation, and subsidised rents."