Italy Bans Christmas Travel and Midnight Church Mass

Italy announced that it is banning travel between its regions and midnight mass from 21 December to 6 January after recording its worst daily COVID-19 death toll.

Italy announced that it is banning travel between its regions and midnight mass from 21 December to 6 January after recording its worst daily COVID-19 death toll.

Citizens would now only be allowed to move between regions for work, medical reasons, and emergencies.

A curfew from 22:00 to 05:00  would be implemented restaurants can open in some regions until 18:00 but only takeaways are allowed in other parts of the country. 

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte defended that there was no reason for festivities to be any less normal but locals were encouraged not to invite people home.

The new curbs were criticized during a joint statement by regional authorities, who said they were not consulted by the central government.

“The lack of dialogue has made it impossible to balance the curbs with the wants of families,” said the statement.

There are more than 58,000 COVID-19 casualties in Italy since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak and on Thursday, the country broke its 24-hour record after tallying 993.


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