SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – One of the hardest hit countries since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic is Italy.
A former San Diego resident living in Milan said that things began to return to normal after a tight closure that lasted more than two months.
“There is a feeling of hope,” said Bea Pesenti. “Clearly it is currently in a phase of rebuilding.”
His pesenti and fiancé, Wilson, moved from San Diego to Milan in August 2019.
10News first interviewed Pesenti in March when Italy was struggling with the spread of COVID-19.
“We are at the heart of it,” he said. “When I spoke to you last, the situation was very dramatic because we were really on zero ground.”
The couple were locked in their Milan apartment for more than two months.
“We are in a very, very severe lockdown,” he explained. “You hear a siren, and you really feel this heavy energy.”
Fast forward today, Pesenti said he finally looked back to normalcy.
“The locking has ended, the business has reopened,” he said.
“We immediately see family because that is a priority for us. It’s a bit enjoyable to be able to ride a bicycle and go to the park but it still limits our contact. “
He said businesses have new safety guidelines in place, and face masks are needed in public.
There were 70 deaths reported in the country on Thursday, a drastic decrease from 919 reported on March 27.
“I think people really need to have this comfort and come back to life,” he said. “Not only from an economic standpoint, but being locked up in your home for 80 days is also unnatural.”
Pesenti hopes that everything will go smoothly because more countries are starting to reopen.
“We don’t have this second wave yet, so to speak, so hopefully it continues like this,” he said.
And he has a suggestion for San Diegans when our restrictions begin to loosen, “I hope people really think hard and make the right decisions even when things die down, still be careful and consider the comfort level of others.”
Travel restrictions between Italian regions are expected to be lifted in early June, however, officials warn that that could change if there is a surge in positive COVID-19 cases.