Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte stated, starting from May 4, factories and building sites will re-open on May 4 and in the weeks to come more businesses will be allowed to conduct business.
The development comes as Italy prepares to come out from Europe’s longest coronavirus lockdown, as it attempts to restart its economy without triggering a second wave of COVID-19.
“We expect a very complex challenge,” said Conte as he outlined the roadmap to restarting activities put into hibernation since early March. “We will live with the virus and we will have to adopt every precaution possible.”
Construction companies, manufacturers, and some wholesalers will be allowed to re-open from May 4, followed by retailers two weeks later; bars and restaurants will be allowed to re-open from the June. Takeaways will be possibly earlier.