Discos, nightclubs reopen in Italy after over one-and-half year of pandemic

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ROME, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Discos and nightclubs in Italy started reopening on Monday, following a specific decree by the country's cabinet.

Both businesses have never reopened here since the first lockdown declared in spring 2020, and this would mark the country's latest step on the long way back to normal life in terms of leisure activities.

The move was authorized by a specific decree unanimously passed by Prime Minister Mario Draghi's cabinet late on Thursday, which also loosened anti-pandemic rules for other cultural and sports venues further.

More specifically, discos and nightclubs will now be allowed to operate to 50 percent of their capacity indoors, and to 75 percent outdoors, according to the decree.

Theaters and cinemas will start operating to full capacity, after having been allowed to fill up to 50 percent of their seats since summer. Sports venues including stadiums can now operate to 60 percent indoors and to 75 percent outdoors.

All new rules will apply to the so-called "white-zone" areas, those where the virus circulation is the lowest, and the related anti-COVID restrictions the fewest.

Since Oct. 9, the whole country is in the white zone, and considered at low risk of infection by the Health Ministry.

Only people holding their Green Pass -- the certificate showing the holder has been vaccinated, tested negative within the past 48 hours, or recovered from COVID-19 -- will be admitted to any of the venues mentioned.

To ensure better safety, all discos and clubs will be required to have ventilation systems not using air re-circulation in their indoor areas. Enditem

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