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Italian Government - measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 virus



Italian Government - measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 virus

For detailed and updated information on the measures adopted by the Italian Government please see the Italian version of this page.

A list of the Decrees issued by the Italian Prime Minister are availbale here:

Information and statistics on the epidemic in Italy are available at the webstie of the Italian Ministry of Health (Italian Ministry of Health)

For information on travel restrictions/quarantine regimes and answers to FAQ click HERE


On 11 June 2020 the Government has authorized the resumption of further activities starting from 15 June (among others, the activities of arcades, betting rooms, bingo halls, wellness centers, spas, cultural centers and social centers; summer centers also for children from 0-3 years; theaters, concert halls, cinemas). Still not allowed activities in dance halls, disco clubs and similar establishments, both outdoors and indoors. Trade fairs and conferences are also suspended until July 14, 2020. Sporting events and competitions resume behind closed doors or outdoors without the presence of the public.

On 15th May 2020 the Government has decided to ease restrictions on movements. Starting from 18 May 2020, the movement of people within the same Italian region is allowed and starting from 3 June 2020, travel between different Italian regions as well as travel to and from abroad is also allowed.

Quarantine: some easing from 18 May to 2 June. As of June 3, the quarantine is not required for travel to and from the EU, Schengen, UK and European microstates. The need for justification and the quarantine at least until June 15 remain valid for movements to and from other states and territories. Persons with confirmed Covid-19 and persons who have been in close contact with confirmed infected persons must stay in quarantine.

On 26th April the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte outlined how the country would begin "Phase Two" to lift the coronavirus lockdown with a gradual easing of the measures starting from May 4th.

The list of Decrees and Regulations adopted by the Italian Government are available (in Italian) here

FAQs on the #ImStayingHome Decree here


Previous measures

The  Decree issued on 9 March 2020 provides, in particular, urgent measures to combat and contain the Covid-19 virus extending to the whole national territory the restrective measures envisaged by the previous Decree, issued on 8 March, for Lombardy and surrounding areas.

Among the more far-reaching measures, the decree provides that any movement of physical persons (both within the national territory and entering/exiting) must be avoided, except for proven work needs, situations of necessity or health reasons. Work, need or health reasons can be self-certified, as required by current legislation.
Return to one’s own home or residence is allowed.

There are also restrictions on the exercise of public activities (sports, restaurants, entertainment, etc.) and any form of gathering of people in public places or places open to the public. In addition to the closure of the schools, already in force since February 5, the opening of the museums and the holding of events and shows are suspended.
It is recommended to always keep a distance of at least one meter from other people ("social distancing").
In parallel, measures were taken to strengthen the national health system, with particular reference to intensive care. With the Prime Ministerial Decree of March 8, there are no longer any red areas: the limitations that were foreseen in the previous Prime Ministerial Decree of March 1 (with the establishment of specific red areas) have ceased.

With regard to the protection of Italian nationals abroad and information to the public, the following points are highlighted:
- Italians residing / domiciled in Italy (as well as foreign citizens), who are abroad, can - where the means of transport are operational - enter it to return to their home or residence;
- in the same way, Italians residing / domiciled abroad (as well as foreign citizens, including tourists), who are in Italy, can - if the means of transport are operational - leave to return to their home or residence;
- entry and exit are also permitted for proven working needs (this provision also covers cross-border workers);
- on the other hand, admissions for tourism reasons are absolutely to be avoided;
- the obligation to communicate to the Prevention Department of the local health authority remains valid, for those arriving in Italy from areas with epidemiological risk, as identified by the WHO.


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The Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte