Could you ever imagine that you need an authorization to go for a walk? No, but that is what is happening in Italy.
I live in Milan, and the last three weeks I’ve spent inside my small apartment trying not to go crazy. Until last week, we were allowed to go for a run or walk but now rules are stricter. You need an authorization to even go to the grocery or pharmacy. Before leaving the apartment, you must submit a document with your contact information and your itinerary details. Without that authorization, it’s considered law-breaking and you’ll have a big fine, about 300 euros.
I used to do a lot of physical activities like walking and biking. After a few days inside my apartment, my body started aching because I didn’t move enough. Fortunately, I have a nice balcony, and I can stay outside and enjoy the sun and nice weather. I also started doing online yoga.
My daily work routine hasn’t changed much because I work remotely for iHeartMedia. As a podcast producer, I didn’t need to meet with many people, I just needed my computer and a WiFi connection. Normally, I worked from a coworking space, and now I’m working from home. My friends from the film production industry here in Milan already lost their jobs, because many projects were postponed, and it looks like it will continue at least for a few months.
Staying days and nights at home makes it tough to stick to your schedule. You sleep, work, eat, do yoga, and all of that happens in one place. There are no borders between different parts of the day, and I personally find it difficult.
The biggest challenge for me is definitely the lack of human contact. We all take for granted our dinners and drinks with friends and family, hugging people, and even walking together.
I’m lucky because I live with my girlfriend and two cats, but my single friends are going crazy. Staying at home alone, sometimes in a tiny apartment, can be miserable.
Despite this crisis, I can see positive aspects. We’ve started appreciating all the simple pleasures like meeting and hugging friends. Patriotism has increased too – people are getting closer to each other, you notice it on the way to the grocery store – everyone smiles at you. Also, we have a new tradition. Every day at 6 pm you go on your balcony or terrace to play music for your neighbors, it is beautiful and poetic. I enjoy this feeling of being together in this tough situation.
Another positive aspect is to see nature blooming. The city is less polluted, and nature is reclaiming its position. Rabbits have come back to the parks of Milan. I have lived in Milan for 25 years, and I’ve never seen rabbits in our parks!