Govt to start easing COVID restrictions April 26 – sources

(ANSA) – ROME, APR 16 – The government is set to start
significantly easing Italy’s COVID-19-linked restrictions on
April 26, sources said Friday after a meeting of the ‘cabina di
regia’ taskforce at the premier’s office.
The government will reintroduce moderate-risk yellow zones to
the nation’s tiered system of restrictions, but in a ‘reinforced
version’ which means restaurants will be able to serve people at
tables once again and concerts and sports events will be able to
resume as long as they take place in the open air, the sources
At the moment Italy only has high-risk red zones or
medium-high-risk orange zones, where bars and restaurants can
only do takeaways for home deliveries.
A nationwide curfew that kicks in at 10pm is set to stay for the
time being though, the sources said.
The government intends to have high-school students return 100%
to having lessons in class as of April 26, except in red zones,
the sources said.
At the moment high-school students in high-contagion-risk red
zones are doing lessons via distance learning, along with pupils
in the second and third year of middle school.
High-school students in the rest of the country are having
50-75% of lessons physically in school and the rest via distance
learning. (ANSA).