Italy has announced plans to start easing the country out of the strict coronavirus-imposed lockdown it has been in since early March.

As of yesterday, May 18, bars, cafés and restaurants are allowed to open, but there are strict rules about the distance between customers and face masks are required at all times other than when sitting at your own table.

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Next month from June 15, live music events will be allowed to return, but they will have to be fully seated with every crowd member wearing a mask and spaced one metre apart. The maximum capacity for indoor events will be 200 and outdoor events will be allowed up to 1,000 people.

Nightclubs will not be allowed to open, with the government decree forbidding "activities that take place in dance halls and discotheques and similar places”, DJ Mag Italia reports.

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However, as DJ Mag Italia also notes, Sicily has announced plans to allow clubs to reopen from June 8. As one of Italy’s five autonomous regions, Sicily has some regional powers but is not totally free of Italy’s legislative control, so whether clubs on the island will be allowed to open on this date remains to be seen.

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