Govt, regions hold talks on new COVID measures

(ANSA) – ROME, FEB 25 – Central government held a
video-conference with Italy’s governors and representatives of
the nation’s provincial and municipal authorities on Thursday
for talks on the COVID-19 restrictions Italy will have in the
near future.
    Regional Affairs Minister Mariastella Gelmini said the local
authorities will have a draft of the decree with the new
measures on Friday.
    The current system of tiered restrictions based on a region’s
COVID contagion risk level, going from low-risk white to
moderate-risk yellow, medium-risk orange and high risk red, is
set to remain.
    The aim is to avoid the need for another nationwide lockdown.
    Gelmini said that the changes of colour and restriction regime
will not take place each week on Monday, rather than Sunday, to give a little more time for businesses to adjust to the changes.
    Health Minister Roberto Speranza decides what colour each region
is classed as on the basis of the weekly monitoring report of
his ministry and the Higher Health Institute, which is released
on Friday.
    Gelmini said the government is working on having places of
culture gradually reopen.
    While museums and archaeological sites are currently able to
open in yellow zones, cinemas and theatres are closed
nationwide, along with swimming pools and gyms. (ANSA).
   

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