The authorities of Italy are forced to tighten the measures for the fight against coronavirus during Christmas and New Year holidays to avoid the third wave of the pandemic in 2021 as La Stampa reported citing Health Minister Roberto Speranza.
“In accordance with the new order on the emergency state, we are obliged to remain in force serious and strict measures not to undermine the work held during the recent weeks,” the message said.
According to Speranza, the new order supposes the ban for travels abroad and between the regions of Italy, as well as the restrictions for large numbers of people, especially for Christmas and New Year holidays. He noted that the travels to the countryside will be also restricted for holidays.
“The movement between the municipalities should stop on December 25, 26 and on January 1,” Speranza said.
The minister noted that a few weeks of restrictions are needed to prevent the tightening of measures in January and February.
“If we weaken the vigilance, the third wave (of coronavirus) is around the corner,” he said.
According to mass media, the government wants to keep the curfew, close the ski resorts and restrict the meetings on Christmas within the family.
It is expected that the new order would be approved until December 4.
As we reported, Belgium would ease its coronavirus restrictions next week, with shops allowed to reopen. Bars and restaurants, however, will remain closed.