In coronavirus lockdown, Milan sheds its reputation for aloofness, grows closer from a distance
Most Milanese are under what amounts to house arrest. All of Italy has been in lockdown since March 9, but here in Lombardy the quarantine started earlier. Schools closed three weeks ago, and authorities begun to shut down theaters, gyms, bars and other gathering places.
The entire region was declared a Red Zone on March 8. People are not allowed to move in or outside of it, or even within it, without a permit. But this is no Wuhan; the permit is actually a form that anyone can download online. In a typically Italian combination — a love of bureaucracy and an allergy to authority — people issue permits to themselves.
Everyone who can work from home is required to do so; those who can’t may go to their workplaces. Shops are closed, with the exception for supermarkets, groceries, pharmacies and cigarette sellers. People are allowed to shop and take a walk “for the sake of outdoor physical activity,” as the government explains on its website.
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[Source: Washington Post]