Italy to close cinemas, swimming pools and gyms

ITALY is set to close its cinemas, swimming pools, and gyms starting from Monday, October 26, as they look to combat another rise in coronavirus cases.

The country suffered a new daily record of more than 19,600 cases on Saturday which sadly included 151 deaths, leading to the stricter measures being announced.

The move agreed between Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and regional leaders, comes despite demonstrations in Naples and Rome against stricter measures.

Mr. Conte’s announcement to close cinemas, swimming pools, and gyms, will not affect the majority of businesses which will remain operating, however, bars and restaurants will have to close by 6pm.

Mr. Conte has said that due to the economic damage caused during the nationwide locations back in March and April, he hopes that these measures will help avoid a repeat of that scenario.

According to the new measures, the majority of secondary school teaching will be conducted online instead of in the classroom.

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