Italy: Retail customers return to Milan stores as lockdown restrictions lifted

Customers began re-entering shops in Milan this 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. Masked customers were seen queuing outside of shops with the requisite distancing and capacity restrictions, including temperature checks before they were allowed inside. «Today is... Еще the first working day and after a two and a half month break. I am a bit thrilled. I am also a bit agitated because we can receive clients only under appointment, which I am not used to. But little by little it is going good,» said Matteo Palermo, a barber who has worked in his profession for almost half a century. Italy's retail sector is expected to contract significantly over the year due to prolonged closures, including a slow-down from the country's fashion industry in Milan, where many of the world's most well-known brands are located.

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