COVID-19: Florence Alcohol Sales Restricted

As the number of patients in intensive care grows in Florence hospitals during the health emergency, Mayor Dario Nardella has put an immediate halt to the sale and subsequent consumption of alcohol in the streets from 4 to 10 pm, before the curfew currently in place begins. The rule will be in effect on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in order to curb social gatherings and transmissions of the virus. Piazza Repubblica, Santo Spirito and piazza Santissima Annunziata have become zones where it is now forbidden to stand and drink; ditto for the streets in and around Piazza Sant’Ambrogio, a popular hangout spot where it had already been prohibited.

The tighter restrictions come after Nardella explained the increased severity of the Covid-19 contagions in Florence. As hospital admissions increase, the number of hospital beds are decreasing, which ultimately poses a high risk for health workers and patients alike. As Nardella illustrated, on February 25, 626 hospital beds were occupied by Covid patients, while by March 7, there were 838 occupied beds, 69 of which are in intensive care.  (mirabella shahidullah)

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