Italy loosens Europe’s longest coronavirus lockdown
“Bella Roma!” he cried out, his voice echoing off apartment buildings.
It was 6:50 a.m.
Monday in Italy was like the first sunny day after a hurricane. The country, with a mix of anxiety and excitement, crept back to life. People were out of their apartments, sharing stories, taking stock of the damage, trying to figure out what comes next. The basic things — such as espressos, served exclusively to go by gloved baristas — felt sweet and earned.
“It’s a feeling of liberation,” said Cecchi, who returned to work for the first time in nearly 60 days.
It was also an experiment, one playing out across Europe, as well as in certain U.S. states. The decisions these governments and their citizens are making — about what a reopening should look like, and how to balance economic risks with health ones — may influence other nations, further behind on the curve, on how to move forward while the coronavirus remains a threat.
[Source: Washington Post]