At the start of its second week of containment, Italy is considering a further tightening of the measures. It is the region of Emilia-Romagna which set the tone by prohibiting certain practices such as walking or jogging.

At the start of its second week of containment, Italy is considering a further tightening of the measures. It is the region of Emilia-Romagna which set the tone by prohibiting certain practices such as walking or jogging.

(.) – By an order signed Wednesday evening, the president of Emilia-Romagna, Stefano Bonaccini, now authorizes “the use of bicycles” or travel on foot only for medical, work or business reasons shopping, effectively excluding running or leisure walking.

Many elected officials, particularly from the north of the country, where the epidemic is hitting the hardest, have worried in recent days that there are still too many people in parks and public gardens, including those who jog or jog. march, and ask the state to also consider banning these activities. “Stay at home and do not plan walks, as far as possible,” declared Governor of Veneto Luca Zaia on Wednesday (League, far right).

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“I have already expressed my opinion that the (containment) measures should be renewed and reinforced with regard to Sunday walks and total closings on Sundays, including supermarkets,” he continued. Mr. Zaia believes that tracking the movements of individuals through their mobile phones “is an excellent solution” to enforce confinement, even if he admits that this poses a problem of respect for privacy. 60 million Italians have been confined to their homes for a week and can only travel for professional or compelling reasons.

Any gathering is prohibited but sport and individual walking, near his home, are tolerated. Asked about the practice of outdoor sports activities, the Minister of Sports, Vincenzo Spadafora, also expressed his reluctance about maintaining these activities. “I think that in the next few hours, the possibility of a complete ban on outdoor activities should be considered,” he said on Rai Uno on Wednesday.

“We left this possibility because the scientific community advised us to do it but if the call to stay at home is not heard, we will also be forced to put an absolute ban,” he added. Italy announced on Thursday that the containment measures taken for a week would be “extended to their end” on April 3.

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