Espresso, pizza and a haircut: Italy revels in (near) normality

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Espresso, pizza and a haircut: Italy revels in (near) normality

It’s not la dolce vita, but almost everything is open and the streets are teeming with life, albeit masked and wary

Nadeesha Uyangoda

Italy was the first European country to impose a nationwide lockdown, but suddenly everything is returning to normal.

Monday was the official start of “phase two” of the easing of the anti-coronavirus measures, and everywhere you look, where once there was only silence and empty streets, now there is noise and life.

It is not entirely business as usual, and there are differences from region to region. Masks are compulsory in all indoor public spaces across the country, but here in Lombardy, where nearly half of the deaths occurred, they are mandatory outdoors as well, and in some areas people have to wear gloves...

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