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70,000 Italian restaurants will open their doors on Friday, even if it is not yet allowed | Abroad

About 70,000 restaurants in Italy will open as usual on Friday evening, despite the corona measures. Under the motto ‘IoApro1501’ (I open January 15), catering businesses are protesting against the forced closure of their company. “It’s a matter of survival,” say the initiators.




Civil disobedience, that is the core of the call from the initiators of IoApro1501. They call on restaurant owners all over Italy to open their business to the public. On Friday evening, around 70,000 restaurants across Italy respond to the call and the intention is to remain open after the weekend. “We open to no longer close,” the initiators say in a video on their Facebook page. “We are not responsible for the infections, but we do pay the highest price.” In most of Italy, the catering industry is allowed to be open until 6 p.m. during the day, but that is not enough to survive, say the entrepreneurs.

“I want to emphasize that we are not corona deniers,” Marco Guidi said on the phone. He is the spokesman for Umberto Carriera, owner of six restaurants and initiator of the protest. “We just want to get to work, many of our colleagues don’t even have the money to pay the bills anymore.”

A poster from IoApro. © EPA

According to Guidi, the situation is dramatic, with about 80 percent of the catering entrepreneurs government support has never arrived. Reopening the companies is an absolute necessity. “If we don’t want to end up with Caritas, we will have to go back to work.”

The initiative is received enthusiastically, the Facebook page of IoApro1501 is overflowing with statements of support and questions. Restaurant owners from all over Italy wonder what to do in the event of a fine: not pay and forward is the advice of the initiators. They are also preparing a lawsuit against what they consider to be unjustified rules.

Criticism

But there is also criticism, with a number of people commenting on the initiative as inadequate as there are still around 500 corona victims every day. Guidi laconically dismisses the criticism. “If they want to transfer our money, we will also stay at home.”

In the Netherlands, restaurant De Kiet in Eindhoven has announced that it will open (again) next Sunday. The restaurant was also open last Sunday, but closed its doors when municipal control officers passed by after 9 p.m. In the Netherlands, catering establishments are only allowed to sell take-away meals.

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70,000 Italian restaurants will open their doors on Friday, even if it is not yet allowed | Abroad
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