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Covid, 6 pm, the cities close, the shutters of bars and restaurants fall

2020-10-26T18:29:58.240Z

From Turin to Rome, from Ancona to Perugia, photos from squares and streets (ANSA)October 26, 7:17 pm Foreground Covid, 6 pm, the cities close, the shutters of bars and restaurants fall From Turin to Rome, from Ancona to Perugia, photos from squares and streets Photo story © ANSA WATCH THE PHOTOSTORY Photo Close Rome © ANSA Close Rome © ANSA Close Rome © ANSA Close Rome © ANSA Close Ancona © ANSA Close Ancona © ANSA Close Ancona © ANSA Close Ancona © ANSA C



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- At 18.00 Rome becomes a closed city. The shutters of the suburban bars, of the starred restaurants in the center, of the pubs orphaned by tourists for some time, of the places emptied by amputated nightlife fall.

The only open shutters fall in a city with cinemas, theaters, game rooms, gyms, closed high schools: all barred by dpcm, from the center to beyond the Grande Raccordo Anulare.

Few buses, already small during the day, few and few taxis complaining of "an irreversible crisis", a few scooters whizzing by: bikes and electric scooters are more and more owners of a city that returns to the emptiness of the lockdown.

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In the center you can clearly hear the noise of the many baroque fountains, the very few cars, even the footsteps of the few who dare a walk.

To have lights, noises and a little life you have to go close to supermarkets.

There are no queues but many customers.

It is not yet time to stock but the trolleys come out already full.

It is not lockdown but almost from 6pm.

TURIN

- "This is how a city closes, this is the final blow for us".

The managers of Caffè Vittorio, a historic café in the center of Turin, say this by lowering the shutters of the restaurant.

At 18 o'clock the many places that frame Piazza Vittorio Veneto, which has always been a meeting place for a coffee or an aperitif, withdraw chairs and tables and turn off the lights, in accordance with the provisions of the last Dpcm.

But anger is not lacking: "We no longer know what to think or what to say, we feel abandoned by the institutions", they comment as they fold up the awnings and chain the chairs.

Even the nearby Mc Donald's in via Sant'Ottavio, which brings together the youngest, leaves some children outside the door, forced to fall back towards the walls of Palazzo Nuovo.

MILAN

- At 5 pm, also thanks to the rain, the center of Milan already appears ghostly.

Very few people around, even in the shops, and the bars that are preparing for the first closing at 18 due to the Dpcm, already have almost all empty tables.

At the historic Camparino in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the living room of the city, the Milan to drink is just a memory, there is no crowd at the counter to take the Spritz or the Americano, but only a couple of well-spaced customers who they drink alone.

At the tables some people who, however, will soon have to leave the place.

"Yes, I was passing by and I said to myself that it could be the last time I come to the center for a while - explained Alessandro who works at the La Scala theater and allowed himself an early aperitif - I made a last toast hoping to return to a normal situation soon. "

The outdoor area of ​​Cracco is already deserted at 5.30 pm and whoever enters to have a drink is warned that the shutter is pulled down at 6 pm.

From the historic center to the Brera district, the situation does not change.

The managers of the premises begin to collect chairs and tables.

Even at the Jamaica bar, a historic café loved by artists and writers, which will turn 110 next year, the atmosphere is gloomy while the last coffee is made for a girl who arrives ten minutes before closing.

"This place has existed for almost 110 years, we hope to make them next year, otherwise Milan will also lose this wealth - explained the owner Micaela Mainini, third generation of the family in Jamaica -. We are beyond despair, to the most total tragedy, to collapse , they put us on our knees and make fun of us. This is a lockdown and they will say that we are open during the day and therefore we earn, it is beyond human decency, we do not die only of Covid. We have 15 thousand euros a month only of rental expenses ".

At the bar across the street a waiter pulls it down and says "we're doing badly".

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