Italy reopens tourism to kick-start economy

Photo: EPA Luigi Di Maio

Italy announced it was ready to welcome again foreign tourists as pandemic eased the pressure on the country’s healthcare system. The country desperately needs the key sector operating again to reboot economic growth, ANSA reported. Italy’s Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said: "We are reopening, with the aim of kick-starting tourism and the economy again. We must support the tourism sector, shop owners, restaurateurs.We must do business and create jobs. Italy is ready, we are working to totally supersede the 10 pm curfew, but not lower our guard. I will reiterate that we are working to welcome foreign tourists to Italy in total safety”.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi noted that Italy will issue a green pass for tourists in mid-May, a month before the EU does.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia Governor Massimiliano Fedriga, the president of Italy's conference of regions called on central government to accelerate with the easing of the nation's Covid-19 restrictions. "We shouldn't get fossilized" on the issue of whether to change or drop the nationwide curfew which seeks to stop contagion being caused by big gatherings at night.”

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