COVID-19 in Europe: Italy to end state of emergency and ease restrictions in April
Euronews says Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has announced that the country will lift its COVID-19 state of emergency on 31 March.
The emergency measure has been in place since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 when Italy was at the epicentre of infections.
The aim is to “reopen everything as quickly as possible” after more than two years, Draghi said in a speech on Wednesday.
The announcement means that many of Italy’s anti-virus restrictions will be gradually lifted from 1 April.
Citizens will no longer have to quarantine if they come into contact with an infected patient, while facemasks will not be compulsory in schools. The obligation to present a “green pass” to attend outdoor events may also be removed.
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