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Italy reveals first steps to reopen bars

Italy has outlined plans to ease lockdown restrictions implemented to stem the spread of coronavirus – including reopening bars for takeaway services.

Bars in Italy will be able to offer takeaway service from 4 May (pictured: The Court, Rome)

Prime minister Giuseppe Conte said measures would be relaxed from 4 May, as the country reported its lowest daily death toll in weeks. On Sunday (26 April), Italy reported 260 new Covid-19-related deaths.

Currently, bars and restaurants are only able to offer delivery services during lockdown.

However, from 4 May, this will be extended to include takeaway options, with consumption of all food and drink to take place at home or in an office.

The prime minister urged people to keep at least one metre apart from another person, however, in order to avoid another spike in coronavirus cases.

In a press conference, Conte said: “If we do not respect the precautions the curve will go up, the deaths will increase, and we will have irreversible damage to our economy. If you love Italy, keep your distance.”

Last week, in the UK, trade body UK Hospitality called for the government to follow a six-point plan to help businesses reopen once lockdown measures are lifted, or put one million jobs at risk.

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