Life Returns To Venice As Italy’s COVID Restrictions Ease

After months of unnaturally empty squares and shuttered shops, life is beginning to return to the canal city of Venice. A sense of optimism pervades as bars set out chairs and tables in the campi and take down “open only for takeaway” signs, the world-famous museums and galleries reopen their doors and out-of-towners emerge from Santa Lucia station blinking in the bright sunlight reflecting off the canal. 

As the numbers of new coronavirus cases fall and the vaccine rollout accelerates, Italy has gradually been easing COVID-19 restrictions. On April 26, outdoor dining became possible again and movement between regions designated as “yellow” zones was permitted. June 1 should

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