06 March 2021
Here are the main new measures issued by the Italian Government to contain Covid-19 contagion, as applicable between March 6 and April 6, 2021.
The main new measures concern schools.
Starting from March 6, in-presence teaching activities are suspended in all schools (including nursery and primary schools) in the red zone. In-presence learning will continue for pupils with disabilities and special educational needs.
In the orange and yellow zones, the Presidents of the regions may order suspension of school activities:in the areas where more stringent measures are implemented because of the severity of the Covid-19 variants;in the areas with an incidence of more than 250 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 7 days;in the event of an exceptional situation of worsening of the epidemiological picture.Some regions have established “dark or reinforced” orange zones. This is the case, for example, with Emilia Romagna and Lombardy. The main difference concerns schools. From March 5 to March 14, all schools, except for crèche, will be closed in Lombardy.
A nationwide ban on travel between regions will be enforced until March 27, in the absence of proven working needs, health reasons or situations of necessity. Return to one’s domicile remains permitted.
Travel between municipalities is prohibited in the orange zone.
No movements are allowed in the red zone.
In the yellow and orange zones, travel to owned and long-term leased holiday homes will be permitted, though only for the members of the same family, and only if empty.
Travel to holiday homes in the red zone is prohibited.
BARS AND RESTAURANTS
Takeaway services from shops selling wine and other beverages have been extended to 10.00pm across Italy, whereas those from bars are only allowed until 6.00pm. In the yellow zone, bars and restaurants are permitted to open from 5.00am to 6.00pm, table service being allowed for a maximum of 4 people per table. From 6.00pm to 10.00pm, only takeaway and/or delivery services are permitted. The ban on consumption on the spot or nearby remains in place.
Bars and restaurants are closed in the orange and red zones.
RETAIL SHOPS AND SHOPPING CENTRES
Shops will be open in the yellow and orange zones, but shopping centres, markets etc. will remain closed at weekends and on holidays, with the exception – like before – of pharmacies and parapharmacies, tobacco shops and newsstands, laundries, ironmongers’, opticians’, florists, bookshops, stationary shops, computer shops, children’s clothes shops, toy shops, perfumeries, undertakers’ and vending machines.
Shops (except for supermarkets and groceries), hairdressers’, barber shops and beauty salons will remain closed in the red zone.
CINEMAS, THEATRES AND MUSEUMS
Starting from March 27, cinemas, theatres, concert halls and live clubs will be permitted to reopen in the yellow zone, provided that social distancing requirements are maintained and 25% seating capacity is not exceeded.
Museums will also be allowed to reopen Mondays to Fridays, though only to a limited number of visitors, and provided that social distancing between visitors is ensured. During weekends and holidays, access to museums will only be given to those booking online or over the phone at least one day before the visit.
SPORTS, GYMS AND SWIMMING POOLS
These activities will remain closed.
Outdoor physical activity will be permitted, provided that social distancing requirements are maintained, and gatherings avoided.
Those returning to Italy from abroad are required to have a negative COVID-19 swab test prior to boarding their flights.
Those coming from Austria, Brazil, Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States are also required to self-quarantine for 14 days.