Italy tightens socialising rules to combat coronavirus spike – including a rule of six

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Tougher socialising rules are to be introduced in Italy to combat a rise in coronavirus cases – including its own rule of six.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has announced that a maximum of six people will be allowed to sit together at restaurants and bars, and table service will be mandatory after 6pm.

Other new measures include:

  • Mayors will be able to order the closure of public spaces such as streets and squares after 9pm
  • Amateur team sport competitions will be stopped
  • Parties, festivals and other such public events – including conferences and conventions – are suspended
  • Takeaways will only be allowed up until midnight

Further restrictions could also be on the way, with a decision on whether to close gyms and swimming pools set to be made later this week.

High schools and universities are also going to be encouraged to carry out more distance learning.

Mr Conte said: “We are aware of the economic damage generated by the measures we are taking. But the government is committed to restoring them.

“We will not fight the second wave with limited resources as in the first, we are now equipped. We produce 20 million surgical masks that we distribute daily in schools and not just free of charge. We doubled the number of ICU jobs and hired medical staff. Billions invested in healthcare.”

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