Rick and Andrea are two Canadians currently living in Italy amid lockdown and quarantine conditions in their region of 16+ million people. You can find their developing story here.
This video is dated March 8, 2020 and recorded by Rick & Andrea in Modena, Italy. They talk about the evening the quarantine was announced, and then the day after. To be sure, it wasn’t all doom and gloom. Check back frequently for more updates about what its like to live in Italy in Quarantine and Lockdown.
March 8, 2020 Evening
Areas in Italy Affected By the Quarantine
According to Repubblica, The following provinces in Italy are affected by the quarantine.
Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro Urbino, Venezia, Padova, Treviso, Asti, Vercelli, Novara, Verbano Cusio Ossola, and Alessandria
Until April 2, 2020, all public schools, museums, churches are all closed. Also, restaurants must close at 6 pm. The point is, the government wants to limit the amount of human to human activity. I get it. But at the same time, humans are social people. So, as it’s unnatural to be under quarantine, I understand why some choose to go outside.
Andrea and went to take a look and see who was out and about. Then, I drove to downtown Modena today to see if there were any differences. To be sure, we are not afraid of the virus.
What we saw wasn’t the zombie apocalypse that some might think. For example, I would say there was about a 30-40% reduction of people strolling the piazzas today. Also, the stores were, for the most part, closed. Also, many of the restaurants and coffee bars w closed as well. But, for those brave restaurant owners who opened, they were all full. Yes, folks – people are still eating, drinking, and sharing laughs today.
Also, we will be publishing more videos regarding the lockdown and quarantine situation here in Italy through the next few days. This one is our first video in the series.