Emergency restrictions were set to be lifted on April 13, 2020, although Italian health minister Roberto Speranza could still announce an extension.
“We hope to open soon,” said a spokesman for a family-run furniture brand Molteni & C, based in Lombardy in northern Italy.
“Of course [we will be] in accordance with health care measures to safeguard the safety of our workers and follow the experts’ instructions on space sanitation, protection and alternative work shifts. “
“Now we are waiting for good news”
Italy is the first European country to experience a significant coronavirus outbreak, becoming a global epicenter in February. The country’s vital design sector came to a standstill, and Milan’s Salone del Mobile postponed and then canceled.
Northern Italy, where most of the country’s factories are based, is the worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
A spokesperson for Zanotta, a furniture brand based in Lombardy, told Dezeen that they are now “anxiously” waiting for everything from the Italian government.
“We are more than a little hopeful that we will soon, though gradually, be able to start again,” said Gianni Fortuna, general manager at Arclinea, which makes upscale kitchens in the Veneto region of northern Italy.
“[The crisis] capturing us unconsciously and making us speechless in the face of events greater and more complex than the saddest of our imagination, “Fortuna added.
“Now we are waiting for good news to arrive.”
Hope all will come on Sunday
Northern Italy, where many factories are based, was locked on March 8. The rest of the country follows two days later.
All but important factories were closed by Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte on March 21. The restrictions will initially end on April 3, but have been extended by the government.
“We are waiting to hear from the Italian government whether we can open a production plant next week after the Easter holiday,” said spokesman Poltrona Frau, a furniture maker based in Le Marche
“I’m sure they will release a statement in a few days.”
Furniture brand Pedrali, headquartered in Bergamo with a factory in Udine, told Dezeen that they hope to hear this weekend if he can reopen on April 13.
Moroso, who also makes furniture in Udine, said they thought they would hear on Sunday. Mutina, which makes ceramics, reopened its warehouse and logistics department in the Emilia Romagna region in northern Italy on April 6 in preparation for the final locking.
More than 17,600 people died from Covid-19 in Italy, which is currently the highest death rate in any country. America, with more than 435,000 cases and nearly 15,000 deaths, is now the epicenter of the global earthquake.
Last week the Italian company told Dezeen that although coronaviruses were challenging, they were hope the crisis will bring more innovation and helping countries “to re-evaluate what really matters”.
Designers included Formafantasma and Fernando and Humberto Campana has donated objects to the auction to raise money for a hospital in Milan. Auction house Cambi organized the Loves Milano Design to raise funds for Ospedale Luigi Sacco.
The main image of Milan in the spring is by Andrzej Otrębski.
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