Italy opens up to encourage holiday bookings

British visitors will be able visit Italy with no quarantine restrictions from Wednesday – but first need the Foreign Office to lift its overseas travel ban.

The aim of the Italian Tourist Board is to encourage bookings to the country now that lockdown restrictions are being relaxed.

However, the move came as plans for 14 UK quarantine measures from June 8 we set to be put before Parliament – effectively barring travel.

Theatres, concert halls, cinemas and other outdoor spaces will open in Italy on June 15, following resorts, bars, restaurants and ice cream shops.

All have to comply with a strict set of new guidelines and protocols respecting social distancing at all times.

Italian Tourist Board UK and Ireland manager Flavio Zappacosta said: “The tourism industry is one of Italy’s key economy drivers so it is with utmost importance that we open for business as soon as it is safe to do so.

“We know how popular Italy is for Brits and hope we can inspire them to start to plan and book an Italian holiday this year.”

As of 18 May 2020, the country already started to significantly open up to members of the public.

Museums, attractions, parks and gardens reopened in Italy on May 18 with gyms, swimming pools and sports centres from May 25.

Outdoor shows will allow a maximum of 1,000 spectators and only 200 permitted for indoor performances.

Visitors to Italy are being advised that it is mandatory to wear a mask in enclosed spaces including public transport or anywhere where they may not be able to exercise social distancing.

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