Northern Italy, which borders Austria, which has entered a total lockdown due to the re-spread of Corona 19, has also begun to tighten the reins of quarantine.
According to public broadcaster Rai News and dpa news, the Alto Adige authorities in the northern autonomous region issued an executive order containing strong quarantine regulations on the night of the 22nd in local time.
According to this, all residents 6 years of age and older are obliged to wear an ‘FFP2’ certified mask similar to Korea’s KF94 rating in outdoor public places and public transportation where it is difficult to secure a safety distance of 1m or more.
In some areas where the virus is spreading rapidly, the night curfew will be implemented again from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day.
The enforcement period is 2 weeks from tomorrow to the 7th of the next month.
In these areas, all indoor cultural, sports and exhibition events will be suspended, and movie theaters and nightclubs will also be closed.
Restaurants and pubs are only open on-site until 6pm, and seating is limited to a maximum of 4 people per table.
It is the first time Alto Adige has reintroduced high-strength restrictions equivalent to local lockdowns in Italy, where almost all restrictions were lifted in April and daily life has been restored.
Alto Adige, also known as ‘South Tyrol’, is a region bordered by the western Austrian state of Tyrol across the Alps, with extensive autonomy.
Before World War I, it was part of Austria, but it was incorporated into the territory of Italy, a member of the victorious countries after the war.
Even today, 75% of the population speaks German, so Austria is strongly influenced by the language and culture.
Locals point to the low vaccination rate in the Alto Adige region as the cause of the re-spreading of the virus.
As of today’s local time, the vaccination completion rate in this region is 70%, forming the lowest in the country along with some southern states such as Sicily and Calabria.
The overall vaccination completion rate in Italy is 75.9%.
Earlier, Sicily also strengthened its quarantine measures to a limited extent, such as making it mandatory to wear an outdoor mask when the virus showed signs of rising again.
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