Italy: 'Ecstatic moment' as customers return to cafes and restaurants in Rome

Roman restaurateurs and customers alike expressed their thoughts on Monday as the Italian government lifted its closures on restaurants, stores, and hair salons, in an effort to slowly restart the economy and bring life back to normal amid the coronavirus crisis. Restaurant workers and customers were seen wearing masks at establishments in Rome's historical centre, between the Trastevere district... Еще and the city's famed Piazza Navona. Restaurants appeared to be half-empty, with scattered customers sitting al fresco. «At this time, on this day last year we had 100 customers, now we have two,» said Valerio Muzzo, owner of the Caffe Domiziano restaurant in Piazza Navona. «It is a completely ecstatic moment. In a beauty of Rome that has been desolate up to now, freedom finally regains that value that we had forgotten it had,» said customer Giulia de Santis. «I have been sick, staying at home all day, under stress. You can imagine. The state has not given us anything up to now,» Vacanze Romane ('Roman Holidays') restaurant owner Renato Bairame said. Italy has been one of the hardest-hit countries by the pandemic and started easing the world’s longest virus lockdown on May 4.

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