Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the extension of lockdown in the country until May 3. Conte said so during a press conference on April 10, ANSA reports.
Earlier quarantine in Italy was planned due until April 14th.
"We will extend the restrictive measures until May 3 - a difficult but necessary decision, for which I take full political responsibility," Conte said.
He said that if the quarantine requirements were met before the specified date, the government would take measures to restore some types of production activities in the country.
According to Conte, the cabinet is currently working on measures to prepare for the second phase of the coronavirus epidemic, with the development of a protocol for workplaces in production. By the end of April, a decree on further economic measures in the context of the coronavirus pandemic will be adopted.
In particular, the government may authorize the sale of paper, paperboard and office supplies, bookstores and clothing stores for children and infants. This will be possible only if entrepreneurs can guarantee compliance with the safety rules provided for in the epidemic of coronavirus.
At the moment, Italy has suspended production, restaurants, cafes, hairdressers and all enterprises that are not related to critical economic sectors and the priority needs of citizens. Only pharmacies and grocery stores work.