Europe’s Cononavirus epicenter, Italy, is set to re-open in early June. Who can head to the embattled country?
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Italy Was Europe’s Cononavirus Epicenter
Following China, Italy was at the forefront of Coronavirus outbreak centers. Until the US surpassed Italy with more cases, Italy was home to the largest outbreak outside of China. Italy still stands high on the list but has fallen to second behind Spain of European countries.
Re-opening June 3rd, 2020
Italy has announced that the country will re-open its borders on June 3rd, 2020 to European travellers and those from the Uk. While the Lombardy region (northern Italy, near Milan) was the hardest hit, this region is not excluded from the re-opening.
Remaining hot spots like the United States, and the world’s new hot spot, South America, are excluded. However, other nations can be added to the approved list which may be on or before June 15th. It is likely (though not yet confirmed) that other countries will be able to visit Italy following June 15th.
Which Countries Are Next?
Spain, another coronavirus hotspot, has announced that La Liga (professional football/soccer league) will begin playing in empty stadiums on June 8th. Spain expects to open in July. Germany can “afford a little audacity” and has begun its re-opening. Japan is trying to lure visitors back (down 99.9%) with a $12.5bn USD program to pay up to half of a tourist’s trips.
Countries around the world begin to re-open carefully following the coronavirus outbreak that has reset the world. Italy, one of the worst-hit by the coronavirus, is beginning to open its borders. This may mark the return to travel, though it’s unlikely to be the same as it was before. It’s a good sign for the world that Italy is ready to begin allowing travellers to return, even if that does not yet include US visitors.
What do you think? Is Italy’s re-opening a good sign or is it too soon? Should Italy re-open beyond European neighbors? What about other countries considering re-opening?