Updated according to the provisions of the Decree by Italian Prime Minister of 26 April 2020.
In order to hinder and limit the possible spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) in Italy, the Italian Government has ordered a series of restrictions applied to the whole country.
On the subject of tourism, the Government encourages avoiding any movement across all country (see “Tourism” section of Decree’s FAQ by Prime Minister of 9 March 2020).
Only Italian and foreign tourists still on holiday who need to come back to their places of residence are allowed to move. Airports and railways stations are open just to allow these people to come back to their own places.
The Italian Government recommends checking the status of flights and means of public transport on the websites of overland, sea and air transport companies before setting off.
The measures undertaken by the Italian Government to react to the international health emergency set the measures listed below, in force until 17 May 2020:
- Movement of people, with public or private means of transport, to a municipality different from the municipality where they currently are, with the exception of well-founded business reasons, urgent matters, movement due to health reasons, is prohibited. Movements will be possible only if justified by business needs or circumstances of need or health reasons to be proved with a self-declaration that can also be made on the spot filling in forms supplied by police authorities. In addition, starting from 4 May 2020 it’s permitted to visit one’s family and relatives. Compliance checks of mobility restrictions will concern roads and highways, trains and railway stations, airports (with the exception of transferring passengers. For Schengen and non-Schengen departures, self-declarations will be requested only for residents or people living in the areas subject to restrictions. For Schengen and non-Schengen arrivals, passengers will have to justify the purpose of their trip upon entry), cruise ships (Venice).
- Movement to a house different to one’s place of residence, included second homes used for holiday, on holidays and pre-holidays, and on the days immediately preceding or following holidays and pre-holidays is prohibited
- Entry to parks, villas, playgrounds and public gardens is prohibited. Starting from 4 May it’s permitted to go to parks and public gardens, in compliance with gathering prohibitions and keeping a physical security distance. Any Mayor can order a temporary closure of areas where it’s not possible to comply with these rules.
- Outdoor recreational activities are prohibited. It’s permitted to exercise only close to one’s home. Starting from 4 May it will be permitted to have sport or physical activities individually outdoors, keeping a distance of at least two meters for sports and of at least one meter for any other activity. Children and not self-sufficient people can have sport or physical activities only if accompanied.
- Suspension of events and sports contests in public and private places.
- Shutdown of ski lifts in ski areas.
- Suspension of shows and events in public and private places like cinemas, theatres, pubs, dance schools, discos and other indoor places.
- Opening of religious sites is conditioned by the adoption of organizational measures such as to avoid gatherings of people, ensuring that attendees keep a distance of at least one meter.
- Shutdown of museums, institutes and cultural spaces (museums, libraries, archives, archaeological areas, archaeological parks, historical complexes).
- Suspension of activities in gyms, sports centers, swimming-pools, wellness centers, thermal resorts (with the exception of services considered essential levels of care), cultural centers, social centers, recreation centers.
- Suspension of civil and religious ceremonies
All retail businesses are suspended with the exception of grocery stores and shops selling consumer staples listed below, that are open:
- Hypermarkets, supermarkets, food discount stores, minimarkets and other stores selling food and drinks
- Shops selling frozen food
- Pharmacies and parapharmacies, shops selling medical and orthopedic articles
- Shops selling sanitary items, perfume shops, shops selling personal hygiene items, shops selling soaps and detergents
- Pet shops
- Newsstands and shops selling newspapers, magazines, periodicals
- Tobacco shops
- Optical and photography shops
- Computer stores, shops selling telecommunication equipment, audio and video consumer electronics, domestic appliances
- Filling stations: gasoline, diesel, LPG and the like
- Shops selling fuel for domestic heating
- Hardware shops, shops selling varnishes, glass, electrical and thermal-hydraulic items and lighting items
- Clothing stores for children and babies
- Laundries and dry cleaners
- Flower and plant shops, shops selling seeds and fertilizers
Other businesses allowed:
- Door-to-door sale of any type of product: through Internet, TV, mail, radio, telephone
- Sale through vending machines
- Laundries and dry cleaners
- Banking, financial, insurance services
- Agricultural and zoo-technical businesses for agro-food processing, including industries providing goods and services
We remind you that all open shops and allowed businesses have to guarantee a safety distance of at least one meter. Therefore, business managers have to take care of the access in a limited way or anyway in such a way to avoid gathering of people and keep the safety distance.
Non-necessary businesses will be closed. Namely:
- Shopping malls and markets are closed with the exception of food stores inside shopping malls and markets that are open
- Bars, pubs, restaurants, gelaterie, pastry shops and the like are closed. Refectories and on-going catering businesses on a contractual basis, guaranteeing an interpersonal safety distance of one meter, are open. Home food delivery and take away services are possible with the obligation to keep a physical distance of at least one meter. It’s forbidden to eat inside restaurants or nearby. Bars, restaurants, self-service restaurants inside railway and ferry stations are closed, as well as inside service and filling stations, with the exception of those located along highways that are allowed to sell only takeaway products to be consumed outside. Bars, restaurants, self-service restaurants inside airports and hospitals are open.
- Hairdresser’s, barber’s shops and beauty centers are closed.
The Presidents of the Regions may order the reduction or suppression of local public transport services (bus, metro, tram). The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, upon agreement with the Ministry of Health, may order the reduction or suppression of railway, interregional road (for example by coach), air and sea transport. Anyway, essential services will be guaranteed.
To get support and information it is possible to address the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its diplomatic network (embassies and consulates): https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/laretediplomatica/rete-diplomatica-mappa.html