Italy seeks to boost tourism by opening borders June 3

Church personnel sanitize St. Paul Outside the Walls Basilica to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in Rome.
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Date Published: May 16, 2020

Source: CTV News

The Italian government announced today that it will open its borders for tourism on June 3, 2020. This marks the end of Europe’s strictest and longest COVID-19 lockdown. Both international and regional borders will open and this also eliminates the 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving from abroad. Tourism makes up 13% of Italy’s GDP and half a million jobs are at risk if the summer tourism industry does not take off, according to the Italy’s national hotel federation. However, Italy’s neighbouring countries are wary of this news. France has sought a unified European effort on border openings, indicating that neighbouring countries may not agree with Italy’s removal of their travel ban. 

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Summary by: Joseph Chon