Abruzzo, Liguria, Umbria and Veneto are the four candidate regions to enter the white zone with today’s ordinance of the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza valid from Monday 7 June, while the 14 should touch Lombardy, Lazio, Piedmont, Puglia, Emilia -Romagna and the Province of Trento.
The regions in the white zone from Monday 7 June and the new rules for seats at the table in restaurants
Sicily, Marche, Tuscany, the Province of Bolzano, Calabria, Basilicata and Campania will have to wait until June 21st, while the last region to pass into the area with fewer restrictions should be the Valle d’Aosta on the 28th. completely white. Today the report of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità and the Ministry of Health should in fact certify a further step backwards in the epidemic and, above all, a further decline in the incidence of cases per 100 thousand inhabitants. Meanwhile, the effects of the white zone in Molise were not those of making contagions resume, as had happened some time ago with Sardinia, which in the end was relegated to red. The incidence, according to what the governor Donato Toma communicated, has dropped further to 11.8 in recent days and the region has also become in the meantime the first Italian green zone in Europe according to the map of infections drawn up by the European Center for Prevention and disease control. The rest of Italy is classified as orange except for Basilicata, Calabria and Valle d’Aosta which are in red according to the ECDC criteria – more stringent than the Italian ones.
In the latest bulletin of the Ministry of Health, infections fell back below two thousand, with a positivity rate of almost 2% and 59 deaths. Even if, as the Gimbe Foundation pointed out, the decline in infected people has to be commensurate with that of tampons. According to the independent monitoring of the Nino Cartabellotta foundation, in fact, the number of people tested weekly, stable until the first ten days of May, has decreased in the last 3 weeks from 662,549 to 439,467 (-33.7%). And in the same period, an average of 120 people / day per 100,000 inhabitants were tested with molecular or antigenic swabs, with clear regional differences: from 199 in Lazio to 49 in Puglia. “Unfortunately – explains Cartabellotta – the criteria for conquering and maintaining the white zone, introduced with Legislative Decree no. 65 of 18 May 2021, discourage the Regions to enhance testing activities and resume tracing, just when the numbers of the contagion would allow the use of a weapon that has never been properly used “.
In restaurants or at home: indoors 6 at the table
But for now the numbers are positive. “Things are better, now we need to continue on a gradual path, because it is right to reopen but step by step since a step that is too long could make us pay a price”, said yesterday the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza. Meanwhile, even in the case of diners at the tables in the premises, the government and the Regions have finally found the square with a compromise: no limits outdoors and a maximum of six indoors or in any case two families.
And therefore today an order by Minister Speranza will formalize the compromise reached with local authorities. And that foresees a novelty, as today the Corriere della Sera: enforce the same rules also for travel to private homes. In the indoor restaurants in the white area, therefore, six people can sit at the same table. Outdoors, on the other hand, there will be no limits but the rule of spacing one meter between the tables will remain.
On the other hand, if two families decide to eat together in the white area, they can accommodate up to six guests excluding minors. In the yellow zone, on the other hand, at the moment there is a limit of four people at the same table, both indoors and outdoors. Moving to another private home in six people in addition to minor children was not foreseen as a rule. In the yellow zone, on the other hand, it is allowed once a day to move to another private home within the limits of the curfew for four people in addition to minor children.
Meanwhile the virologist Roberto Burioni, professor at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, defines the discussion on the number of seats at the table in restaurants as “important” but conducted in a “surreal” way. In an intervention on the ‘MedicalFacts’ website he founded, the scientist points out that “no one, neither the institutions, and surprisingly not even the restaurant associations, has brought up the most important element from a health point of view: who is he at the table vaccinated or not vaccinated? “.
“The current discussion on the number of seats that should be granted to restaurateurs at each table to reopen restaurants safely” in the Covid era “is important”, writes Burioni, because “if it is true that too lax decisions could lead to health dangers. , it is equally true that unnecessarily severe decisions would cause further avoidable economic damage to a sector that has already been terribly affected by the events of the last 15 months. However, I find this discussion conducted in a completely surreal way “, not considering precisely the key factor.
“Why”, and “it is good to say, as this is the indisputable and undeniable scientific reality – the virologist points out – if there are vaccinated people at the table it is one thing, if there are unvaccinated people it is another. Someone should have the courage to start discussing it seriously “.