Italy’s mayors will have the power to impose 9pm curfews in their towns and cities if necessary as the country tries to contain a coronavirus resurgence.

Restaurants must close at midnight and serve no more than six people people per table and a 6pm closure for bars that don’t serve food are also among the new restrictions announced by the Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, on Sunday night.

Schools will remain open while gyms and swimming pools have a week to tighten safety measures. Some regions, including Campania, closed schools until the end of October.

“We cannot waste time, we must implement measures to avert a generalised lockdown, which could severely compromise the economy,” Conte said.

Italy recorded 11,705 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, up from the previous record of 10,925 registered on Saturday, and 69 deaths.

Source: The Guardian

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