Italy begins easing lockdown and rebooting its economy

A man holds an Italian flag in front of the Duomo cathedral in Milan on Monday. Italy has begun allowing citizens to return to work and easing restrictions imposed to stem COVID-19 infections.
A man holds an Italian flag in front of the Duomo cathedral in Milan on Monday. Italy has begun allowing citizens to return to work and easing restrictions imposed to stem COVID-19 infections.
(Luca Bruno / Associated Press)

Millions of people began returning to some semblance of their former lives Monday, going for walks in parks as Italy began to loosen its lockdown. Italy imposed a 60-day lockdown to fight one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks.

Restaurants, bakeries and cafes opened — though just for takeout service — with a mix of anxiety and excitement. Factories, construction sites and wholesale commerce also began to reopen.

Here is a quick glance as Italy flickers back to life and citizens enjoy lighter restrictions on movement.

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