In a significant development to ease one of the world’s most stringent coronavirus lockdowns, Italy’s government has approved an official order which will allow international travel from June 3. The government will allow free travel across the country from that same day.
On May 4, Italy allowed an initial relaxation of the rules, which were imposed to contain the pandemic, when it permitted factories and parks to reopen. Shops will open starting May 18 and the government decided that all movement within individual regions should be allowed that same day, meaning people will be able to visit friends. The inter-regional and foreign travel ban will remain in place until after Italy’s June 2 Republic Day holiday, preventing any mass travel over that long-holiday weekend.
Italy, with 31,610 deaths due to COVID-19, has the third-highest death toll in the world after that of the United States and Britain.