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Italy to reopen movie theatres from 15 June

Theatres were shuttered in February

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MUMBAI: Cinemas will reopen in Italy from 15 June, the government announced on Saturday. The European country, the epicentre of Covid2019 outbreak, recorded its lowest deaths this weekend after the pandemic started. Italy is all set to join other countries in the region which have decided to reopen cinemas. There will definitely be strict measures of social distancing such as online booking and controlled seating arrangements.

The country went through tumultuous times, having witnessed the third largest number of Covid2019 deaths in the world, with close to 32,000 fatalities reported thus far. As the pandemic spread across the country and beyond, the government imposed strict measures to fight the pandemic.

The Venice Film Festival, scheduled in September, has not been cancelled yet, though at present there is a ban on large gatherings of people.

The authorities will relax restrictions on Monday, which means that public life will return to normalcy with shops, restaurants and tourist areas reopening. 

Italy prime minister Giuseppe Conte said the country is facing a “calculated risk,” and pointed out the shattered economic conditions in the country. He stated that the country is “taking risk and we have to accept it.” 

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