As cases begin to decline in Italy, Prime Minister Conte announced that restaurants and bars could open as of Monday, after 10 weeks of being closed.
The Italian National Institute for Occupational Accident Insurance (INAIL) and the Higher Institute of Health (ISS) have prepared guidelines for the hospitality sector starting with social distancing. For each customer, a space of four square metres must be provided, while the distance between the tables must be at least two meters. Buffets and traditional menus will no longer be allowed and reservations required for all seatings. These are some of the rules that the restaurant sector will have to follow to continue trading. According to Fine Dining Lovers, All the details are contained in the technical document drawn up by INAIL and by the Higher Institute of Health for the restaurant sector. A “gradual” programme will be followed in the hospitality sector, which has 1.2 million employees. For customers, the use of masks will be necessary for payments, in-restaurant activity and on the way to the toilet. There will be disinfectant points for customers and employees at many points in the rooms and bathrooms.