Italy cracks down on citizens amid lockdown
ROME: A rising number of infractions have pushed Italian authorities to take a firmer stance to enforce rules of an almost total lockdown aimed at limiting the coronavirus outbreak in Europe’s worst-hit country.
More than 665,000 were subjected to checks between March 11-15, according to Interior Ministry’s data.
More than 27,600 citizens and about 1,100 business owners were reported for violations during that time.
In a desperate bid to curb the spread of the virus, which has already claimed more than 2,000 lives here, Italy’s imposed a near-total lockdown, shutting down schools, bars, restaurants and all non-essential business activities.
Anyone exiting a residence needs to provide authorities a self-certification explaining the reason for the movement. These are allowed in just four cases: work, health, basic needs and in case one needs to travel to their own residence.
A few businesses are exempt from the lockdown. Supermarkets among them, and grocery stores and big retail chains continue to provide deliveries, which are left a safe distance or on the front of a client’s door to avoid any physical contact.
Italians can also still go out to buy newspapers as newsstands remain open.
All schools and universities have been closed until at least April 3, but teachers and professors are using internet resources to continue lessons. – AFP