- Title: Italy's shops, bars closed as coronavirus lockdown toughens
- Date: 12th March 2020
- Summary: ROME, ITALY (MARCH 12, 2020) (REUTERS) CAT GETTING OFF MOTORBIKE EMPTY STREET CLOSED PATISSERIE MAN WALKING PAST EMPTY SQUARE CLOSED RESTAURANT MAN WALKING WITH SHOPPING BAGS VARIOUS OF MAN IN FRONT OF GROCERY SHOP SIGN OUTSIDE GROCERY SHOP READING (Italian): "PLEASE WEAR GLOVES AND KEEP THE SECURITY DISTANCE. THANKS." MAN IN MASK ON MOTORBIKE, DRIVING AWAY VARIOUS OF PEOPLE QUEUING UP OUTSIDE SUPERMARKET VARIOUS OF MAN WHO WORKS IN BAR EMPTYING OUT AND DEFROSTING FREEZER CLOSED BAR SIGN READING (Italian): "HOME DELIVERY FOR GLOVES AND MASKS" CLOSED SHOP SIGN ON SHOP READING (Italian): "RED ALERT, WE ARE OBLIGED TO CLOSE WITHOUT A REAL NEED, IF THE STATE DOESN'T LOOK AFTER OUR STAFF WE WILL. #WEWILLSTAYATHOME" LOCK OUTSIDE SHOP PERSON IN MASK AT NEWSPAPER STAND VARIOUS OF QUEUE OUTSIDE SUPERMARKET EMPTY TRAM ROME, ITALY (MARCH 11, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF EMPTY COLOSSEUM TURIN, ITALY (MARCH 11, 2020) (REUTERS) FAMILY PUTTING UP BANNER READING (Italian): "EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT" ON THEIR BALCONY WOMAN IN MASK PUTTING UP BANNER READING (Italian): "EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT" IN SHOP
- Keywords: Coronavirus Italy lockdown shops closed shutdown
- Reuters ID: LVA001C4QYQFB
- Location: ROME AND TURIN, ITALY
- City: ROME AND TURIN, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Duration: 00:03:16
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: Bars and shops across Italy were closed on Thursday (March 12) as tougher restrictions were added to an already severe lockdown aimed to fight coronavirus contagion.
In a televised address to the nation, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said all shops would be shuttered except supermarkets, food stores and chemists, and companies must close all non-essential departments.
The morning after the announcement, queues of people lined up outside supermarkets waiting to stock up on food. Limited numbers are allowed inside and people have to keep a one metre distance at all times.
Bars cleared out their freezers and many of the few people on the streets of Rome were wearing protective masks, there were even signs for home deliveries of masks and gloves.
A sign in one shop window read:
"Red alert, we are obliged to close without a real need, if the state doesn't look after our staff we will," the sign ended with the hashtag #NOIRESTIAMOACASA (#WEWILLSTAYATHOME) which is being used by Italians to encourage people to stay off the streets.
Tourist sites including the Colosseum remained deserted.
In Turin on Wednesday (March 11), shopkeepers and residents hung up banners encouraging Italians that "everything will be alright".
(Production: Emily Roe, Eleanor Biles, Guglielmo Mangiapane, Massimo Pinca, Oriana Boselli)
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