Covid19: Containment Measures in Italy- Phase 2

The Decree-law of May 16, 2020, n. 33  outlines the framework of the so-called “Phase 2”. These measures apply from  May 18 to July 3, 2020.

The decree defines the new prevention and containment measures for co-existing with the coronavirus during the resumption of productive, commercial, and social activities.

WHAT IS RECOMENDED TO ALL ITALIAN CITIZENS?

RESTRICTIONS:

It is forbidden to citizens with a respiratory infection characterized by fever (higher than 37.5° C) to leave their home or place of residence. These citizens are required to immediately contact their doctor.

The gathering of people in public places or places open to the public is prohibited.

It is forbidden to citizens who are subject to quarantine by order of the health authority to leave their home or place of residence

Sports events and competitions of any order and discipline, in public or private places, are suspended.

All conference or convention activities are suspended.

PERMITTED ACTIVITIES WITH LIMITATIONS

Access to parks, villas and public gardens is allowed, subject to strict compliance with the ban on assembly, as well as with the interpersonal safety distance of at least one metre; minors are allowed access, even together with family members or other persons habitually living together or in charge of their care, to play areas in parks, villas and public gardens, to carry out outdoor leisure or recreational activities.

Outdoors sports and exercise activities are permitted, also in equipped areas and public parks, where accessible, provided that the interpersonal safety distance of at least two metres for the sports activity and at least one metre for any other activity is respected, unless the presence of an accompanying person is necessary for minors or persons who are not completely self-sufficient.

Training sessions for professional and non-professional athletes, individual and team sports are allowed, in compliance with the rules of social distancing and without any gathering, behind closed doors. Only athletes, professionals and non-professionals, recognized as being of national interest by the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI), the Italian Paralympic Committee (CIP) and their respective federations, with a view to their participation in competitions at national and international level, may travel from one region to another, subject to being summoned by the federation to which they belong.

Public events shall be permitted or held, only in static form, provided that the prescribed social distances and other restraint measures are observed.

Access to places of worship is permitted, avoiding assembly of large groups and taking into account the size and characteristics of the facilities, which must guarantee a distance of at least one metre between visitors.

Religious functions with the participation of people are permitted, in compliance with the protocols signed by the Government and the respective confessions, containing the appropriate measures to prevent the risk of contagion.

Museums and other cultural institutes are open and their services are guaranteed, taking into account the size and characteristics of the premises open to the public, as well as the visitors flow, with restricted access and avoiding large crowds, by ensuring a on metre minimum distance between visitors.

Educational/school activities carried out remotely are permitted.

From May 20, 2020, courses and theory/practice tests carried out by the Department of Motor Vehicles and driving schools will resume.

From May 25, 2020, basic sports activities and general training/exercise activities are permitted in gyms, swimming pools, sports centres and clubs, both public and private, or in other facilities, where activities aimed at the wellbeing of the individual are carried out through physical exercise, in compliance with the rules of social distancing and without any assembly.

From June 15, 2020, performances open to the public in theatres, concert halls, cinemas and other open-air spaces with pre-assigned and distanced seats are permitted, ensuring respect for the interpersonal distance of at least one metre for both staff and audience, with a maximum number of 1000 spectators for outdoor performances and 200 people for indoor performances, for each individual hall. The Regions and Autonomous Provinces may set a different date, in relation to the epidemiological situation in their own territories.

It is also advised that all citizens respect simple preventive recommendations.

WHICH SHOPS AND SERVICES ARE OPEN ?

Starting from May 18, economic, productive, and social activities are resuming, in compliance with protocols and/or guidelines aimed at preventing or reducing contagion.

To ensure that the activities are carried out safely, Regions will monitor the epidemiological situation in their territories daily. Conditions and suitability of each regional health system shall be reassessed accordingly, in relation to the development of the epidemiological situation in the regional territory. The situation shall be ascertained according to the criteria established by the Decree of the Minister of Health, April 20, 2020.

Each Region, after informing the Minister of Health, may introduce derogatory, extensive, or restrictive measures.

The following activities will remain closed:

– Skiing facilities

– Amusement arcades, betting, and bingo halls

– Activities taking place in dance halls, discotheques and similar premises, outdoor or indoor

– Trade fairs and congress facilities

– Wellness centres, spas (except for the provision of services falling within the essential levels of care)

– Activities taking place in cultural and social centres.

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