Italy’s government take more measures to curb spike in cases

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The Italian government has announced a package of restrictive measures aimed at combatting the spread of COVID-19 following a sharp spike in cases just a week after a previous decree brought in new measures.

In a bid to prevent people contracting the disease while out socializing, city and town mayors will have the power to close squares and other areas where groups gather at night at 21:00.

In another measure, restaurants and pubs will not be able to serve people at the bar after 18:00 and they will have to close if they are unable to provide table service after this time. They had already been forced to close at midnight in the previous decree.

Meanwhile, a decision was taken so that high schools will not be allowed to open before 9:00 as of Wednesday in a bid to ease pressure on public-transport services during the morning rush hour and prevent overcrowding. Distance learning is to be increased too.

The Italian government announced that local festivals and trade fairs have been banned but events of a national scale have not. The government has intensified its restrictions on amateur contact sport, with non-professional clubs barred from playing games for team sports, although they can still train.Apart from the high-school opening-time provision, the measures came into effect on Monday and will remain in force until November 13.