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Italian Serie A will not restart before June 14, says governing body

Serie A Restart Postponed Until June 14 Italian Football Federation Announces Postponement

All travel restrictions will then be eased from June 3.

"We would find ourselves with our social and productive fabric heavily damaged", Conte said.

Conte enforced an economically crippling shutdown in early March to counter a pandemic that has so far killed almost 32,000 people in Italy. "We have to accept it otherwise we will never be able to start up again".

The advice from the Government is now to only travel overseas if essential.

The Treasury is predicting the economy will contract by at least 8 percent in 2020, the deepest recession since World War Two, and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said at the weekend he was taking a "calculated risk" in rolling back the rigid curbs.

But on Wednesday, the European Union set out plans for a phased restart of summer travel, urging member states to reopen its internal borders, while recommending that external borders remain shut for most travel until at least the middle of June.

It will also allow travel between the regions - which has so far been tightly restricted - from the same day.

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Italy will throw open its borders next month, effectively ending Europe's longest and strictest coronavirus lockdown, just as the summer tourism season gets under way.

Italy's government has signed a decree that will allow travel to and from the country from 3 June, as it moves to ease its coronavirus lockdown measures.

His approach in recent weeks frustrated many of Italy's regions, with some already allowing businesses to reopen before the restrictions were lifted.

Gyms, swimming pools and sports centres will reopen on May 25, while theatres and cinemas can reopen from June 15.

But the date all Italians were waiting to hear was 3 June, when they will be again be permitted not only to travel between regions - but also overseas.

Large public gatherings are still banned, but churches and other places of worship can now re-open along with museums and galleries.

Small shops were opening in most of Spain, which on Sunday reported only 87 new deaths, the lowest daily death count since March 16. At that time, locals will be allowed to travel throughout the country (contrary to the current situation in France where travel is limited to 100 kilometers from a person's residence, though this is expected to be modified in June).