What opens when?
Similar to Germany, much of public life in Italy is expected to resume with restrictions from 4 May. The so called “Phase 2” begins with the opening of:
- Public parks and gardens
- Smaller construction sites
- Clothing stores
- Cemeteries and funeral institutes
- Betting offices and arcades
Museums, hairdressers, restaurants and bars, on the other hand, are to be allowed to open on 18 May. All schools, however, will remain closed until the start of the new academic year in September.
Gambling should not take precedence
According to Bruni, the problem of gambling addiction in Italy has deteriorated significantly as a result of the Corona crisis. People are more vulnerable than ever before and the financial hardship is great. It therefore considers it irresponsible to press ahead with the reopening of the gambling sector so early.
His admonishing words to the President are:
I therefore ask you: how is it possible for the gambling sector to reopen before important industrial sectors? How can we allow bookmakers and arcades to offer gambling to our most vulnerable citizens again, while the government is, and rightly so, providing support to gambling addicts in various ways.
Bruni is aware of the economic importance of the gambling sector. In the long term, the industry should definitely return to normality. At this stage, however, when people are in dire need, it is ethically indefensible to give priority to the industry.
The government should therefore “make a sacrifice” and open up the gambling sector at the very last. After all, the president had been urging the entire population for weeks to make sacrifices in favor of a successful lockdown.