Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Saturday that he “hoped” that despite the recovery in coronavirus cases, no new general lockdown had to be decided in the fall.
“I hope so,” said Conte during an event organized by the newspaper “Il Fatto Quotidiano”. “We’re not going to find ourselves in a situation where a general restriction needs to be imposed. In the worst case scenario, we’ll have to intervene locally, with restrictions on defined areas,” he added.
In addition, Conte is refusing to allow fans to return to the football stadiums for the new season for the time being and has declined any responsibility for the nightclubs reopening in the summer on the grounds that it is a regional competition. In mid-August, the central government again ordered the closure of these stores across the country.
Regarding the demonstration that was scheduled in Rome this Saturday against the restrictions to prevent infections such as the mandatory use of a mask or the rules of social distancing, Conte reminded that we are in the middle of a pandemic. “Today there is a demonstration in Rome by people who believe that the pandemic does not exist. We will respond with data,” said Conte.