Easter Quarantine For Tourists In Italy

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Italy is announcing a mandatory five-day coronavirus quarantine for tourists traveling in or out of Italy for the Easter period.

the health ministry said yesterday that the mandatory five-day coronavirus quarantine is for people arriving or returning from trips to European Union countries until April 6.

Travelers would take a COVID-19 test at the end of the quarantine period. Similar measures were already in place for trips to countries outside the European Union.

The decree will be effective the day after its publication either Tuesday night or Wednesday, a ministry spokesman said.

The decree came after the hotel industry complained that while travel between Italy’s 20 regions was virtually barred, travel within the EU was allowed with some restrictions.

All over Italy restaurants and bars can only serve takeaways as infections and deaths have risen. In many regions, all but essential shops have been forced to close and people may leave their homes only for work, health reasons,
or emergencies.

Italian hotel owners blame the government for not offering enough compensation for their forced closures.

“We absolutely did not want to make war against Italians going abroad. … If the test is valid to go abroad, it must be valid for Italy too,” Bernabo Bocca, president of Italy’s hotel lobby Federalberghi, told Ansa news agency.

“We thought it was fine that an Italian taking a test could go abroad, but an Italian taking a test should also be allowed to go to a hotel in Venice,” he added.

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