In pictures: Italy reopens for business after 10-week coronavirus lockdown

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Shops, hairdressers and restaurants reopened in Italy on Monday after a 10-week lockdown across the country to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Almost 32,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Italy, the third-highest death toll in the world after the US and Britain.

Italy was the first European country to impose nationwide restrictions in early March, only permitting an initial relaxation of the rules on May 4, when it allowed factories and parks to reopen.

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Monday’s loosening marked a major step forward on the road to recovery, with unlimited travel allowed in individual regions, friends once again meeting up, and restaurants able to serve customers as long as tables were at least two metres apart.

The Italian government has said it will open up Italy’s borders with Europe and allow free travel between the regions from 3 June.

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Hairdressers have reopened in Italy for the first time since lockdown was announced 10 weeks ago.
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Many Italian shops also opened their doors on Monday.
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Cafes and bars were allowed to reopen.
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Customers enjoy their first visit to a cafe in Milan.
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St Mark's Square in Venice is sanitised to prepare for restaurants and cafes reopening after 10 weeks.
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Gondolas have returned to the canals of Venice.
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A hairdresser treats a customer while both wear protective masks.
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Traffic fills the streets as Italians are allowed to move freely within their regions.
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Dry cleaners and clothes shops can open to limited numbers of customers.
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A woman has her temperature checked before entering a shop.
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Two men wear face masks at a cafe.
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A woman wearing a face shield sips a coffee in a cafe in Rome.
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A customer wearing a face mask has her hair washed in a salon in Rome.
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Beauty salons have reopened for business.
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Staff prepare to welcome customers at a cafe in Venice.
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