The whole world seems to be waiting in uncertainty as Italy prepares to open up once again on May 4 after the first coronavirus crisis. There is a lot of talk about helicopter money that should help companies get back on track and avoid the possibility of a horrible recession. Not surprisingly, Italian citizens gather around the TV every night to hear the latest news related to the coronavirus catastrophe. By now, most young Italians have cabin fever even though most live in apartments or villas that are quite different from small cabins. Being confined at home with other people for a long time requires great discipline and a willingness to be diplomatic at times because people are no longer used to spending long periods together. For this reason, Italian psychologists finally agreed to do psychological therapy for their patients online, even after years of arguing that it was more effective in person.
According to recent television news reports, some families face domestic disputes because they have to spend too much time together in small places. That is why organizations have recently been promoted on television to support families and partners who do not get along. Another problem is the fear of a looming recession and job losses. Many small businesses could close, and some employees report that they are unsure of job security, even if the government has already paid them a small amount of money (usually 600 euros) for temporary layoffs known as “broke integrationMeanwhile, many freelancers have also received 600 euros while many unemployed will receive the controversy “.rendita di cittadinanza“which is a much debated form of short-term citizenship income that looks a bit like unemployment. That said, receiving those funds is sometimes a slow process, many families report that they have difficulty paying for food and supplies in Meanwhile Prime Minister Giuseppe Conti, mindful of public concerns, has promised to take a look at how things have been done in the past to seize this troubled occasion to improve the country’s administration.
Until recently, it was common for Italians to say that they do not like being involved in politics because it seems too difficult to understand what their representatives are doing. However, the coronavirus emergency has drawn them into politics for the past two months. The same personalities emerge on television every night, as movie stars, such as Matteo Salvini, Silvio Berlusconi, Giorgia Meloni, Matteo Renzi and Luigi di Maio. If Italian politics had ever been too perplexing to understand in the past, citizens have recently had plenty of time to acquire the various solutions that each politician has offered to solve the coronavirus dilemma. Like politicians in other countries of the world, Italian politicians conduct numerous debates, have screaming fights and even try to put aside their differences for the good of the country, however difficult it may be.
It will not be easy to change people’s habits, not in Italy or anywhere else in the world. A little over a century has passed since the Spanish flu disappeared, and we know very little about how people coped with that malevolent flu that we think had been eradicated for good. Will people open their minds or close psychologically as they move away from self-expression through hugs, handshakes, and kisses on the cheeks? After all, Italy is known for its affectionate expression! If a person ventures out onto the streets of Italy today, he observes that people tend to look away to avoid communication. People have become skilled ‘social distancers’ who stay within six feet of each other.
According to local employers, making changes at work will be expensive because they will need to mount additional video cameras, build Plexiglass partitions, install separate exit doors, provide disinfectant for everyone at the entrances, install new exits, and even offer masks to both employees. and customers. Businesses that sell jewelry or small devices will purchase UV light disinfectants, which will need to meet local government requirements. Clothing stores may use UV lights to disinfect clothing before and after customers try on clothing. Trains and buses must be sanitized and have symbols indicating where passengers can and cannot sit to ensure adequate distance. Sad to say, some businesses will not be able to afford such additions and will have to close forever.
The Italian public largely accepts as accurate that the COVID-19 pandemic is real because almost everyone knows someone who has died or who has had a family member who has passed away. Since Italians generally take the coronavirus seriously, they have already canceled many summer festivals and concerts that people over the age of fifty would have attended. It’s unclear if younger Italians will be willing to hang out at famous nightclubs when they finally open, but they probably will, being less fearful than their elders. Perhaps you will remember the previous television news when some virologists assured you that the coronavirus was lethal mainly for people over 65 years old.
On Monday, May 4, 2020, the Italian economy will finally reopen and people will circulate to visit family and close friends. When they do, they are advised to only meet in small groups. It will be problematic to determine who qualifies as a “good friend” and how the police will intervene if people do not respect the laws governing personal gatherings. People are willing to give up some freedom to protect others, while also having private conversations about how much freedom they should be required to give up. Almost everyone is concerned about when they will start over and how they will work, as it has been said that class sizes will be reduced. There is a lot of talk about taking the school out of the brick and mortar building into parks and other public spaces.
Important changes are taking place in Italian restaurants, bars and cafes. At first, most restaurants will have to serve take out food in disposable containers. Consumers will not be able to gather inside or in front of these restaurants, as they will have to have their coffees elsewhere with adequate social distancing. Those who eat in restaurants may find themselves eating with partitions between the tables, even if they live together, while the tables will have more than a meter between them. Such changes could surprise tourists who are brave enough to venture into Italy. The changes seem strange in post-COVID-19 Italy, like we’ve never seen it before, a country that remembers darker times, like the 1300s, but with a bright torch carried by those heroes brave enough to get the jobs done. What needs to be done to thwart an economic downturn.