Over the last months, Italians did their best at staying at home and following the measurements to stop the spread of coronavirus. The adaptation was hard and the results took time to show up, but they did. The numbers are going down are right now we have more people recovered than sick.
It seems like we deserve a prize, no? Well… that prize is called phase 2. As this fight against the virus is not over yet, ending all the restrictions could raise a new outbreak. For that reason, the strategy used by the Italian government (as many other governments over Europe) is to open gradually the economy and wait to see what happens. If things go wrong, they will close it again in order to control the numbers.
But what exactly are the rules for this new phase?
- Most business can reopen. Still, they are subjected to various rules in order to prevent any outbreak.
- It’s mandatory wearing mask and gloves on the streets and shops.
- It’s mandatory staying at least 1 meter away from anyone.
- Restaurants and coffee shops can only do takeaway service
- It’s allowed to practise outdoor sports as long as you do it alone and keep the safety distance from anyone (2 meters)
- It’s allowed to visit family and your boyfriend or girlfriend. Visiting friends is still forbidden.
Now…let’s be serious… it tastes like nothing. I am from Portugal and our most restrictive quarantine rules were lighter than these. I am not criticising the approach as I know the number of deaths in Italy was terrifying comparatively with most European countries. But at this point, I am kinda looking forward to going back to my country.
I really hope things get better here over the next months. I am going back at the end of May, but many other Erasmus will stay until July. Let’s hope they get to have a sneak pick of what the Erasmus experience is about.