Serie A games in Italy, are set to return by June 2 as the country prepares to ease the lockdown and move into the next phase of the coronavirus pandemic response.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte confirmed that the nation will start to relax social distancing norms from May 4, and the guidelines will allow Serie A clubs to start their training May 18 onwards.
That should provide Premier League and other major leagues, hope as Italy was regarded as being just two to three weeks ahead of the UK and other part of the globe with a similar infection rates and death toll.
The English Premier League is already looking at plans to return to training sometime in May. The best case scenario would be playing games by June 8. That would provide opportunities to end the season by middle of July.
You have all shown strength, courage, sense of responsibility and community.
Now the phase of living with the virus begins for everyone and we must be aware that during Phase Two, there is the risk we’ll see the curve climb in some areas of the country.
It’ll be even more important to maintain social distancing, at least one metre.
Even when seeing family, we must still maintain this precaution, because the scientists tell us that at least one out of four infections come via family members.
If we do not respect social distancing, the curve will climb again, so will the number of deaths, and we will have irreversible damage to our economy.
If you love this country, then respect social distancing.Giuseppe Conte, Italian Prime Minister
Phase Two will see the lockdown eased, some travel allowed within regions and greater freedom for outdoor exercise, but still maintaining social distancing guidelines and banning travel between regions unless necessary.
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