Shops are allowed to reopen as Italy eases some of the lockdown measures put in place during the coronavirus outbreak [Yara Nardi/Reuters]

Italy has taken its biggest step towards a cautious return to post-coronavirus normality, allowing a number of businesses and churches to reopen after more than two months of strict lockdown restrictions.

Restaurants, bars and cafes across the country were permitted on Monday to serve customers again, so long as they adhered to physical distancing rules. Museums, clothing stores, hairdressers, beauticians also opened their doors – but at many shops, customers will have to book ahead of time.

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Along with requiring reservations and placing tables one metre (3.3 feet) apart, restaurants have also been asked to keep a log with their

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