Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte stressed that there are no prerequisites for such a measure yet.
ROME, February 23. Italy will not suspend the Schengen agreement for the time being due to the spread of the coronavirus. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte following an emergency meeting of the Council of Ministers announced this on Sunday.
“At the moment, we believe that there are no prerequisites for such a measure (suspension of Schengen), ” he said. Regarding the involvement of the military in compliance with the quarantine, the head of the government noted, “the military can be involved, but we hope for cooperation and full interaction with the population.” “Our task is to prevent people from moving away from the epicenters of the virus. In case of violation, criminal penalties can be applied,” Conte said. He also announced the suspension of all public activities in the epicenters of the spread of the coronavirus.
In connection with the spread of the disease caused by the coronavirus 2019-nCov, the Council of Ministers approved a decree allowing relevant Ministers to impose a ban on certain activities, including educational, commercial, and labor. As announced by health Minister Roberto Speranza, all sporting events in Veneto and Lombardia will be canceled on Sunday, including national championship matches that may be postponed. In addition, restrictions are imposed on school trips in Italy and abroad. Precautions also apply to religious events – in particular, churches are recommended not to exchange handshakes as a symbol of peace.