Italian restaurant divided with plexiglass shows what UK dining could look like

Restaurants, cafes and hairdressers have started reopening in Italy after more than two months of strict lockdown restrictions.

Businesses are allowed to serve customers as long as they maintain social distancing, and friends are allowed to meet for food or refreshments.

At one restaurant in Milan, tables aren’t quite two metres apart but managers have installed plexiglass screens to keep their patrons safe.

Diners at the Goga Cafe were photographed in high spirits as they turned a leaf on one of the country’s darkest periods in recent memory.

Hairdressers told reporters they were fully booked for weeks and had customers begging to be bumped up the waiting ilst.

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Museums, beaches and churches have also been allowed to reopen.

Pope Frances held an early-morning mass in the Vatican, where guards scanned worshippers’ temperatures for signs of fever.

Gyms, swimming pools and sports centres will reopen on May 25, followed by cinemas and theatres on June 15.

Tourists from the UK and other European countries will be allowed in from June 3, although many including Brits will be required by their home countries to self-isolate for 14 days on return.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said its lockdown exit plan was a ‘calculated risk’.

He said the prospect of a rising infections curve was worth it as the country cannot afford to wait for a vaccine.

The country has an official death toll of just over 32,000, with 225,886 confirmed cases as of Monday.

The British government still warns against all non-essential travel, according to the latest Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) guidelines.

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