Italy closes nightclubs and discos

People walk and ride bycicles during the lockdown, ahead of Italy's gradual lifting of restrictions which begins from May 4, due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Florence, Italy, May 1, 2020. REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Italy has decided to clamp down on nightclubs and discos in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus, on Sunday afternoon.

The decision, which came following an urgent meeting involving Health Minister Roberto Speranza, Regional Affairs Minister Francesco Boccia and Minister of Economic Development Stefano Patuanelli and regional governments, will enter into force on 17 August and remain until 7 September, at least.

According to the text, the national ordinance will not allow for regional derogation. Until Sunday, only two regions – Calabria and Basilicata – had independently decided to close nightclubs.

The wearing of face masks will also be mandatory, from 6pm to 6am local time, in public spaces where social distancing is not possible.

The technical scientific committee had already raised the alarm following a surge in cases.

Italy has registered 479 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours.

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