Italy Opens Thousands of Restaurants in Protest Against Tighter Lockdowns

Indoor dining at Restaurant in Italy, deefying lockdown orders, Youtube
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Italy: 50,000 restaurants and bars joined a campaign to open their doors in protest of government lockdown of their businesses. It is unknown how many did open, but videos show customers drinking, eating and singing. In one viral video, customers apparently booted the police back out the door. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte extended the country’s three-tier coronavirus restrictions, imposing a nationwide 10pm curfew until March and forbade travel between Italy’s 20 regions through February 20. These measures were originally implemented in November, and were set to expire last week.
Though much of Italy remains under strict coronavirus restrictions, restaurants and bars have opened their doors in protest. Customers drank, ate, sang, and in one viral video, apparently booted the police back out the door.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte extended the country’s three-tier coronavirus restrictions on Friday, imposing a nationwide 10pm to 5am curfew until March and forbidding travel between Italy’s 20 regions until February 15. These measures were originally implemented in November, and were set to expire on Friday.

For regions classified as ‘Orange’ or ‘Red’ based on the number of recorded cases there, bars and restaurants are limited to providing take-away only.

The extended restrictions haven’t gone down well with bar owners and restaurateurs. Organizing on social media under the hashtag ‘#IoApro’ (I Open), owners threw their doors open on Friday in protest.

The mood in one Milan establishment was seemingly festive, with music blaring and a full house of unmasked customers ending the night by dancing on tables.

Reports in Italian media state that some bars and restaurants weren’t as openly defiant. Some simply stayed open past 6pm, the mandated closing time in ‘Yellow’ zones. Others opened, but remained discreet and enforced social distancing inside.

The number of participants is unclear. Before Friday, the #IoApro organizers said that as many as 50,000 restaurateurs were expected to take part. However, reports in Italian media suggest that far fewer actually opened their doors.

In one video that went viral on Friday night, the footage apparently shows police attempting to enter a pub, before being bullied out the door by chanting customers.

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Marti Maurer
Marti Maurer
1 month ago

All we hear is how the number of cases of this virus have risen so someone tell me just how effective are these lockdowns! They are not!

lori
lori
1 month ago

Bravo!! Glory to God they have risen!!! Stand for something or fall for anything.