Italy gives bookshops permission to reopen

From The Bookseller:

Italy, the country worst affected so far by the coronavirus pandemic in Europe, is allowing bookshops to reopen.

Italian premier Giuseppe Conte announced the development, with stationery shops and children’s clothes shops also among the small number of stores allowed to reopen this week. However, it was confirmed the country’s wider quarantine and travel restrictions will remain in place until 3rd May.

Ricardo Franco Levi, president of the Italian Publishers Association, issued a statement to say re-opening bookshops marked “a first step” in a return to normality for the world of books, and aid to support publishers and booksellers would be indispensable.

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