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ROME: Italy spent its last day in total locked on Sunday (May 3), but partial easing of the strict measures of the corona virus after the closure of two months caused anxiety and confusion rather than excitement.

Across the country, efforts to make plans for the first day of freedom are hampered by the uncertainty of rules. The government has a list of permitted activities, but the regions also make their own regulations.

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“I hope this morning’s paper will take care of it. I want to take my mother to the beach, right?” asked cleaning 53-year-old Pietro Garlanti when he queued patiently in the sun at a stall in the historic center of the capital.

In this first phase, 60 million Italians will be able to move more freely in their own territory, visit relatives, go to the park that was reopened with their children and ride bicycles or run farther from home.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, home to several luxury boutiques, remains quiet due to being locked. (Photo: AP / Luca Bruno photo)

However, there is nothing that can be done in groups, so large family lunches are prohibited. Going to vacation homes is not permitted. And people cannot leave their area alone, except for emergencies or for health reasons.

However, 20 Italian regions, have made their own decisions. Two of them, Veneto and Calabria, even lifted their locks early, opening bars and restaurants with outdoor tables this week.

Liguria thought of letting people sail in small groups, and reopening the beach. So is the Marghe area, but for the streets don’t sunbathe. Emilia-Romagna keeps them closed, even for those who live at sea.

A bar was closed in Venice, when much of northern Italy was locked to prevent spread

A bar is closed in Venice, when much of northern Italy is locked to prevent the spread of the virus. (Photo: AFP / Andrea Pattaro)

“We have been waiting longingly for May 4, but now it finally arrives, this is a disappointment. Until they tell me I am truly free, I will feel paranoid, like I broke the rules in a certain way,” 37 21-year-old Michele Magna said to AFP.


Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte further confused many people by telling Italians that a visit with “congiunti” was permitted.

The Italian word can mean relatives or relatives. He then tried to clarify by saying that it extended to people who had a “steady love affair”. Many ask whether that means lovers, friends and fiancees are included?

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The government was forced on Saturday to publish a Q&A that stipulates people can see distant relatives – including, for example, their cousin’s children – but friends, however dear, are out of bounds.

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People walk through the deserted Piazza Navona in central Rome, when Italy closes all shops except pharmacies and food stores in a desperate attempt to stop the spread of the corona virus. (Photo: AFP / Vincenzo Pinto)

Teacher Alessandra Coletti thought the confusion would be used “as an excuse by many for some sort of freedom for all”.

The government hopes that the easing of the corona virus lockdown, the longest in the world, will restart a crippled economy.

But Conte has warned he will watch closely to see if the virus re-ignites, and is ready to enforce localized lockdown if necessary to stop the return of a pandemic that has claimed nearly 29,000 lives.

“I’m very worried about reopening, I don’t trust people to act responsibly,” salesman Tiziano Mazzoli said.

Father Duilio Diligente, 38, said he was worried about how children like eight years old would readjust themselves.

“We came out on our bikes last night in an empty field, when he suddenly made a big turn to avoid a man and his dog, and fell. He said he was afraid of approaching them in case they had a virus,” he said.

“It takes time for us to be really, psychologically ready for the end of the locking.”

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