Italy extends virus restrictions, gives €3bn more for tourism and culture

The Italian government has extended measures intended to stop the spread of coronavirus until 7 September, according to a decree issued by PМ Giuseppe Conte's cabinet on Friday night, dpa reported. Conte spoke of "balanced measures that do justice to the current situation," and appealed to Italians to remain vigilant about the virus

Masks must continue to be worn in closed public spaces, people must continue to keep physical distance from one another, and large gatherings remain banned.

The decree allows cruise ships to sail again from 15 September, though strict hygiene rules must be observed on board.

From 1 September, trade fairs will be allowed to open again - construction and organization of the exhibitions can begin immediately.

Another three €3bn were made available for tourism and culture.

The cabinet also paved the way for further financial aid, for the economy and families, which brought the aid package provided by the government since the beginning of the crisis in March to €100bn. Other measures include tax deferrals for the self-employed and an action plan for the economically weaker southern regions.

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