Italy’s three largest cities face new curfews as regional authorities try to slow the spread of COVID-19 where it first struck hard in Europe, most of whose countries are now imposing, or mulling, new restrictions to cope with rapidly rising caseloads.
A midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew in Lazio, which includes Rome, begins on Friday and lasts for 30 days, under an order signed by regional governor Nicola Zingaretti.
The governor of Campania, the southern region which includes densely populated Naples, on Thursday ordered residents to stay at home from 11 p.m. to shortly before dawn starting the next day. A similar curfew in Lombardy, where infections are particularly surging in its main city, Milan, will go into effect Thursday night.
The Czech Republic’s government on Thursday re-imposed exactly the same heavy restrictions it slapped on citizens in the spring – and which Prime Minister Andrej Babis had repeatedly said would not be repeated. Babis apologized for the huge impact the restrictions will have on everyday life but said if they were not taken “our health system would collapse between Nov 7-11.”
The measures include limits on free movement and the closure of many stores, shopping malls and hotels, until at least Nov 3.
Meanwhile, Poland Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki suggested that, starting Saturday, he would like all of Poland to be placed under the highest level of restrictions short of a full lockdown. That would include mandatory use of masks in all open public spaces, limits on the number of people allowed in shops and public transport, and closing gyms and swimming pools.
Spain is mulling new restrictions including possible curfews.