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Italy loosens COVID-19 restrictions on leisure activities

Italy loosens COVID-19 restrictions on leisure activities

People sit at a cinema on the day of its reopening, as much of the country becomes a 'yellow zone', easing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, in Rome, Italy, on Apr 26, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Remo Casilli)

ROME: Italy increased the maximum attendance capacity allowed at cultural and sporting venues on Thursday, continuing its progressive easing of COVID-19 curbs for those who can show documents of immunity from the disease.

As of Oct. 11, cinemas, theatres and concert venues will be able to fill all their seats, scrapping the current limit of 50 per cent, the government said, following advice from its panel of public health advisors.

"Finally all cultural events are coming back to life," Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said on Twitter.

The maximum capacity of sports stadiums will be raised to 60 per cent from 35 per cent for indoor venues and to 75 per cent from 50 per cent outdoors.

Limits on discotheques and nightclubs will stand at 50 per cent indoors and 75 per cent outdoors.

There will be no restrictions on museums, where only social distancing rules will remain in place.

However, only those carrying the so-called Green Pass - a certificate that shows if someone has received at least one jab, has tested negative or has recently recovered from coronavirus - will be allowed entry, and masks will remain obligatory.

Italy has seen more than 131,000 COVID-related deaths since its outbreak emerged in February last year, second highest tally in Europe after Britain.

However, infections, hospitalisations and fatalities have all eased in recent months as the vaccination campaign has proceeded.

Around 75 per cent of its 60-million-strong population have had at least one COVID-19 shot and 69 per cent are fully vaccinated, figures broadly in line with other large European Union countries.

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Source: Reuters/ec

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