LIVE from Italy: “People Are Upset Because We Don’t Have What Was Expected”

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

 

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Rebecca Couto da Silva, originally from Connecticut, has been studying in Italy -- and providing coronavirus updates to GoLocal.

Connecticut native Rebecca Couto Da Silva joined GoLocal LIVE from Balzano, Italy, where she talked about the European country working to reopen the economy — and noting that it has not always been what was promised. 

“People are pretty upset because we don’t have what was expected,” said da Silva. “For example, the document that you need, this self-declaration that you need to be able to leave your house, is still with us — they’re thinking of making a mobile version.”

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“The idea that you can’t leave your town, except for an enumerated number of reasons, is now becoming you can’t leave your region, for the same reasons,” she added. 

“So what happened is they opened up a certain number of businesses — and actually the press in Italy is now the most feminist I’ve seen it, because something like 72 percent of the workers allowed to return to work are men. And there’s a sort of awakening of, like there are no women in charge of making the rules,  it’s men going to back to work, or majority men, so people are upset about that,” she said. 

“You’re allowed to visit family members — but not grandparents — with masks and maintaining social distancing. What four year old cousins are going to abide by that?" she asked.

In addition to providing a glimpse into how conditions are in Italy currently, da Silva spoke to looking forward.

“I would keep an eye out for when the borders are going to open up again because people want tourists to come,” said da Silva. “People really want to get back to normal, and hopefully we can do that in a safe way.”

Connecticut native Rebecca Couto Da Silva joined GoLocal LIVE from Balzano, Italy, where she talked about the European country working to reopen the economy — and noting that it has not always been what was promised. 

 
 

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