Rome (AFP) – It’s not easy being Italian these days. Especially without coffee.
For Alessandro, a 30-something businessman in suit and mask in central Rome, an espresso at the local bar in the morning is “indispensable”.
But on Thursday, after the government’s latest measures to stem the rise of coronavirus, all bars in Italy, where locals gather to drink coffee, chat and steal a few moments of conviviality before work, were closed.
Alessandro was forced to have coffee at home.
“Let’s just say it’s hard,” said Alessandro, who has drunk his coffee — up to three times a morning — at a bar near his workplace at Piazza Venezia in central Rome for “forever”.
“It hurts me that everything is closed,” he said of the closures of bars, restaurants and other “non-essential” businesses in the usually busy district.
“We usually all joke around together.”