Italy opens borders for EU travellers from 3 June

The Italian government on Friday night approved a decree which will allow free travel within Italy and from other European Union countries from 3 June, news wires reported.

The decree, proposed by PM Giuseppe Conte and Health Minister Roberto Speranza, will see borders open to citizens from EU countries as well as the independent states of San Marino and Vatican City from 3 June.

Cabinet ministers also decided that restrictions of movement within regions will be lifted from 18 May, though the statement specified that national or regional authorities will be able to restrict movement in specific areas in case of a new spike of infections. Starting on 3 June, free inter-regional travel will be allowed again, the government statement added.

Italy has been struck by one of the world's worst outbreaks of the novel coronavirus, though the rate of new infections has been falling for some time. Conte’s announcement came hours after Italy registered its daily virus-linked death fell to 242 on Friday from 262 a day earlier and the number of confirmed new cases was the lowest in four days. As of Friday, Italy reported more than 31,600 deaths and around 223,800 infections.

Italian authorities have to find ways to salvage the summer season. "We won't spend the summer on the balcony and the beauty of Italy will not remain in quarantine," PM Giuseppe Conte told Corriere della Sera newspaper last week.

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