Easter seems far away and unreachable this year. It like that there will be no major Easter celebration in Italy this 2021. With another surge of COVID-19 cases hitting, new restrictions have been put into place. These restrictions include a nationwide lockdown for Easter weekend.
The best policy yet was to send the “red zone” regions under strict lockdowns especially for the Easter weekend. With all non-essential stores closed and people are allowed only to leave their homes for work or health reasons.
Currently, half of Italy’s 20 regions, like Milan, Rome, and Venice, are under those harsh restrictions. Those in the “orange zone” cannot leave their towns or regions, however, restaurants and bars are allowed to offer takeout and delivery, still no Easter!
More than that, all of Italy will be considered a “red zone” region throughout Easter weekend.
Unfortunately, Italy has been through 155,656 new cases and 2,360 new deaths in the last week, based upon the data from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. We have reported that only two million are fully vaccinated, though 6.7 million vaccine doses have been administered.
Italy just started to come loose with its restrictions about six weeks ago, like allowing restaurants and museums to reopen. Italy was one of the first nations to impose lockdowns, as it was one of the early epicentres of COVID-19 last year.
It seemed that the best thing to do is to sit down Easter with your family at home.