ROME

A few shops have opened in Italy following a relaxation of lockdown rules amid debates on how to handle the next phase of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Italian government as of Tuesday allowed some shops such as bookstores and children’s clothing outlets to reopen, but extended lockdown until May 3.

The decision drew a mixed response with some bookshop owners saying that restarting business activity posed more risks than opportunities.

Nearly 150 librarians wrote an open letter to the government explaining their decision to keep their doors shut.

“The job of a bookseller includes communicating face to face, a

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