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Italy to Impose Nationwide COVID-19 Lockdown Over Easter Weekend

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A city police patrols by Rome's landmark Colisseum on December 24, 2020. (VINCENZO PINTO/AFP via Getty Images)

Friday, 12 March 2021 07:11 AM

Italy will be placed under a nationwide lockdown for the Easter weekend, a draft law decree seen by Reuters said on Friday, as the government battles to stem a fresh surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalisations.

Non-essential shops will be shuttered nationwide from April 3 to April 5. On those days, Italians will only be allowed to leave their homes for work, health, or emergency reasons.

The draft decree also said that as of Monday curbs will be tightened in the country's low-risk 'yellow' regions, where movement between towns will be severely limited and restaurants and bars will be closed.

Along with nationwide measures, Italy calibrates restrictions in its 20 regions according to a four-tier color-coded system (white, yellow, orange, and red) based on infection levels and revised every week.

The decree is expected to be approved later on Friday. 

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