Phase 2 is a go. Vittorio Colao's taskforce has presented its guidelines allowing Italy to come out of its enforced economic hibernation. Dates differ depending on sector. The announcement made clear that the lockdown could resume if infections increased."
"The next step will be to mobilize between 2.7 and 2.8 million Italians." This is the decision taken by the government after a videoconference with the taskforce.
The companies that will be able to start up again immediately are those in the mining, manufacturing, construction and related services sectors. All these activities are considered low-risk. This applies to other sectors, such as wholesale.
In addition to those who are working during the lockdown in the supply chain and activities considered essential to deal with the emergency, these sectors are important to kick-starting the economy. The number of people who will return to work is actually much larger because others will continue to do smart working, with the over-65s and other groups of vulnerable workers who will remain protected.
During the meeting, the taskforce recommended lifting the lockdown as early as April 27th for those companies able to comply with safety protocols, since every week lost costs billions and does more harm to long-term GDP prospects.
Vittorio Colao presented the prime minister with a document highlighting the necessary requirements for restarting of the country. Among them, the immediate need for a protocol for public transport, considering that 15% of manufacturing and construction workers use it to go to work. And above all, the report stressed the need for personal protective equipment, which at this time is still worth more in terms of protecting the public than an app, the taskforce claimed. Commissioner Domenico Arcuri said that four million masks are currently being delivered every day. However, that falls short of the 7 million per day which is needed.