Residents of Milan were seen returning to parks and reopening small businesses on Monday, as Italy's entered the so-called "Phase Two" which sees lockdown measures being eased.

Footage shows locals jogging, cycling and enjoying good weather with their pets in the historic Sempione Park.

The owner of a small stationery shop shared his thoughts on the lockdown measures and difficulties his shop has been facing since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis.

"I have to sanitize everything. I already have masks. Clients have to enter the shop in masks and keep security distance," Stefano Porfirio said.

He continued: "The government gave us pocket money of 600 euros. They could have done more, that's for sure, but that is better than nothing."

From Monday, the country entered what's called "Phase Two" which allows people to visit their relatives within their region, to hold small funerals and manufacturing and construction operations to restart. Under the new regulations, bars and restaurants will start providing takeaway service, with plans to fully re-open on June 1.

Moreover, Italians are allowed to take walks and exercise outside.

Italy is among the nations hardest-hit by the virus with the deadliest outbreak in Europe. As of Monday, Italy has registered 210,717 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 28,884 deaths, according to the data compiled by John Hopkins University.

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