The first two cases of Covid-19 in Italy were detected and isolated in Rome on January 31, 2020. On February 21, a new cluster was detected in Lombardy, the region that would end up bearing the brunt of the pandemic. To counter the virus’ spread, Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte imposed a strict lockdown on March 7–initially in the north, then nationwide–with a ban on walking or exercising more than 200m (656ft) from home. People could go out exclusively for essentials and to walk their dogs. Queues outside supermarkets in Milan easily reached one hour. Since May, as the number of active cases began to fall, the ban was lifted, and bars, restaurants, hairdressers, museums, libraries, shops, churches, and cinemas, have been allowed to reopen in phases. Face masks are still mandatory in indoor public spaces.
Milan, June 2020