Italy will reopen its borders next month after months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the government announced.
Borders will open June 3 in an attempt to revive Italy’s tourism industry. The summer season is about to start, and tourism accounts for 13% of the country’s GDP.
Italy is hoping also to encourage domestic tourism, offering vouchers to lower-income families to spend at hotels, campgrounds, and other summer vacation establishments before the end of the year.
The sweeping policy change follows months of strict lockdown measures. Italy spent a few weeks as Europe’s epicenter for the pandemic. Neighboring countries are not as keen to see Italy so willingly open its borders.