Italy’s updated Covid-19 regulations from April 26th

Covid-19: Italy imposes new restrictions

Yellow zones are coming back: restaurants, cafes and theatres will reopen, a green pass has been instituted

On April 16, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Minister for Health Roberto Speranza announced in a press conference the new regulations that will be effective starting April 26. COVID cases are going down and the vaccination campaign is going well, so Italy will be turning “a risk into an opportunity”, in Draghi’s own words. Yellow zones are being reintroduced, but focusing especially on outdoor activities. This means that, in yellow zones, restaurants and cafes will reopen for lunch and dinner, even if only for outdoor seating. The same goes for outdoor theatres and cinemas. Schools will also reopen. 

Here are the new regulations: 

From April 26th:

  • Restaurants, cafes, theatres and cinemas with outdoor seating will open in yellow regions
  • Museums and art galleries are allowed to reopen on weekdays as well as on weekends but only by reservations in yellow regions.
  • It will be possible to travel between two yellow regions. To travel to and from an orange or red zones for reasons other than work or emergencies, travelers will need a gree pass (see below)
  • Schools and universities will reopen at 100% capacity for yellow and orange zone

From May 15th:

  • Shopping malls will reopen but only on weekdays, not on weekends
  • Outdoor pools will reopen 

From June 1st:

  • Restaurants with indoor seating will open for lunch with limitations and social distancing
  • Gyms will also reopen but following strict restrictions; outdoor events will be allowed

From July 1st: 

  • Conventions will start again (while fairs from June 15th), as well as thermal baths and thematic parks

Italy’s new government led by Mario Draghi has confirmed Giuseppe Conte’s three-tier system in Italy, classifying regions into colored zones according to how critical the Rt index is (rate of transmission). Since November, Italy has been divided into three zones: yellow (safer), orange (medium risk) and red (high risk). Until April 26, there will be no yellow zone. In addition, a nationwide curfew from 10pm till 5am was implemented, still effective today. 


click here to read the most recent rules to follow if you’re travelling to Italy 

Italy three zones covid

The White Zone

At the moment no regions are is classified as a white zone (update 24/04/21).

The government has introduced a new “White Zone” in the hope of giving a signal for the future. Italian regions are classified as white zones when the Rt index is below 1 and there are 50 or fewer weekly cases of Covid-19 for every 100,000 people, for three weeks in a row.  These regions are the safest and have less restrictions than other regions. The restrictions for the regions in the white zone are as follows: 

  • The night curfew moves from 10pm to 11.30pm. That means you’re not allowed to move around from 11.30pm till 5am.  
  • Restaurants are allowed to serve until 11pm. Food delivery is allowed nonstop without any restrictions.
  • Bars and pubs are allowed to stay open till 9pm.
  • Museums are allowed to reopen on weekends. 
  • Travelling to second homes in different regions is allowed, as long as those regions are white, yellow or orange. You must show proof of ownership and can only go with your family.
  • Shopping malls will soon be able to reopen on weekends.
  • Gyms, theaters, cinemas and cultural centers will be able to reopen gradually.

The Yellow Zone

From April 26, Abruzzo, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardia, Molise, Marche, Piemonte, Bolzano, Trento, Toscana, Umbria and Veneto will become yellow zones.

Italian regions are classified as yellow zones when the Rt index is below 1.

These regions are safer according to the 21 parameters that are being monitored. The restrictions for the regions in the yellow zone are as follows:

  • You’re prohibited to move around from 10pm till 5am. In any case, the government recommends you to limit movements as much as possible. However, you are allowed to move in between regions in the yellow zone 
  • Traveling to other yellow regions is allowed. More about the green pass to travel to other regions below.
  • Museums are allowed to reopen on weekdays and only by reservation on weekends
  • Restaurants, bars, pubs, bakeries and gelaterias are reopening until 10pm, but only with outdoor seating and delivery/takeaway. They will be able to operate on weekends and bank holidays too, following the same opening hours 5am – 10pm. In any of the above-mentioned venues, you are only allowed to sit with a maximum of four people per table, unless you are living with the people you’re sitting with. Takeaway is allowed till 10pm for restaurants and 6pm for bars. Food delivery is allowed nonstop without any restrictions.
  • Shopping malls are to stay closed on weekends and public holidays except for grocery stores, alimentari, pharmacies, newsstands, tabacchis and other shops that sell essential goods that are inside the shopping mall.
  • Theaters and cinemas will reopen with strict protocols (pre-assigned seats, in compliance with distancing rules. The capacity cannot exceed 50% of the maximum, up to 1000 spectators outdoors and 500 indoors for each room).
  • Gyms, swimming pools and skiing slopes to remain closed till 1 June.

The Orange Zone

Italian regions are classified as orange zones when the Rt index is more than 1. From May 3, only Basilicata, Calabria, Puglia, Sicilia and Sardinia will be orange regions. These regions are at an intermediate risk according to the 21 parameters that are being monitored. The restrictions for the regions in the orange zone are as follows:

  • You’re prohibited to move around from 10pm till 5am. The government recommends to limit movements within your city as much as possible.
  • Traveling in between regions and cities is prohibited, unless it’s for work, study or health reasons. For towns with less than 5000 inhabitants it is possible to travel outside the town without restrictions within a distance of 30km from the town.
  • Traveling to second homes in different regions is allowed. You must show proof of ownership and can only go with your family. Restrictions regarding special provinces might apply:
  • Restaurants and bars are to stay closed. Takeaway is allowed till 10pm and food delivery is allowed nonstop without any restrictions.
  • Shops, hair salons and beauty centers are to stay open. 
  • Shopping malls are to stay closed on weekends and public holidays except for grocery stores, alimentari, pharmacies, newsstands, tabacchis and other shops that sell essential goods that are inside the shopping mall.
  • Schools to reopen: only high schools will be in 50% presence.

The Red Zone

Italian regions are classified as red zones when the Rt index is 1.25 or above. These regions are at the highest risk according to the 21 parameters that are being monitored and will be facing local lockdowns. From May 3, Val D’Aosta will be the only red region. The restrictions for the regions in the red zone are as follows:

  • Traveling in between regions and cities is prohibited. Moving around your own city is not allowed, unless it’s for work, study or health reasons. 
  • You may work out outdoors but only by yourself and in the vicinity of your home.
  • Restaurants and bars and cafes are to stay closed. Takeaway is allowed till 10pm and food delivery is allowed nonstop without any restrictions.
  • Shops are to stay closed, except for grocery stores, alimentari, pharmacies, newsstands, tabacchis and other shops that sell essential goods.
  • Beauty salons, hairdressers and barber shops remain closed.
  • Visiting a private home is not allowed anymore.
  • Traveling to a second home is not allowed, even if the house is located in a white, yellow or orange region.
  • School restrictions are being loosened: kindergartens and elementary schools will reopen. High schools to remain closed.

MORE INFO
Everything To Know About Italy’s Vaccine Campaign

Measures that apply all over Italy

Nationwide curfew from 10pm to 5am

Italy has a nationwide curfew in place. All Italian citizens in all regions must stay in their homes from 10pm till 5am.

Self-certified form

You must have a self-certified form if you move after curfew, to or from a region with restrictions or if you’re in the red zone.


Travel in Italy – Green Pass (NEW)

From April 26, it will be allowed to move between yellow regions for tourism. Traveling between regions of different colors is always allowed for work or emergencies with the need of a self-certification form, and for tourism for people in possession of a green pass. The pass certifies that the traveler has either: been fully vaccinated, healed from the virus in the last 6 months, or gone through a rapid or molecular test in the past 48 hours.

Travel to and from European Union Countries

The Ordinance of the Minister of Health of April 2, 2021 extends the restrictions imposed by the Ordinance of March 30, 2021, until April 30, 2021, for all travellers who have stayed or transited in the fourteen days prior to entering Italy in one or more of the States and territories listed in List C of Annex 20. The ordinance provides that, upon returning to Italy, it is mandatory to:

  • undergo a swab (molecular or antigenic) carried out within 48 hours, prior to entry into Italy and whose result is negative

In addition, it is mandatory:

  • to undergo health surveillance and fiduciary isolation for a period of five days, regardless of the result of the molecular or antigenic test referred to above
  • to undergo a further molecular or antigenic test at the end of the five-day isolation period.

Here’s everything you need to know about who is allowed to travel to Italy at the moment. Additionally, here is the most updated information on the COVID passport.


Gyms, swimming pools, wellness centers and spas gradually reopening

Oudoor pools will reopen on May 15. Gyms and thermal baths on June 1. A two-metres distance is required at all times, masks must be worn in communal spaces. The only exception is for health facilities providing services falling under the category of essential assistance. Regions in white zones will gradually reopen these facilities.

Individual and team sports. Stadiums will reopen from 1 June

Individual training in contact sports will be allowed outdoors starting from April 26. This means, for example, that you will be allowed to organize a football match with friends. Stadium will reopen

Sports events will be allowed from June 1 up to 1,000 people outdoor or 25% of a venue’s capacity, and up to 500 people for indoor venues. This rule should be used for the upcoming European Football Championship.

Working out and jogging are permitted

Working out and jogging are still permitted as long as there’s a social distancing of at least two meters. In the red zone you must work out near your home and on your own.

Cinemas, theaters and concerts reopening

On April 26, cinemas and theatres will reopen in yellow zones. Indoor venues will allow 50% capacity until max 500 people, and 1000 in outdoor venues. In orange and red regions all theaters, cinemas and concert halls are still suspended, even if held outdoors..

Museums open only in yellow and white regions

In the yellow regions, museums and art galleries are allowed to reopen on weekdays as well as on weekends but only by reservations.

Private events are not allowed

Any party, gathering and private event, even if resulting from a civil or religious ceremony, is not permitted. That means that receptions linked to weddings, baptisms, communions and confirmations are prohibited.

Fairs and theme parks are suspended till 15 June and 1 July

Fairs are allowed from June 15, congresses and thematic parks from July 1. National and international trade fairs are allowed.

Inviting people into your home

No more than four non-cohabiting people can visit the same home, unless they are also taking children under the age of 18 or disabled/non self-sufficient people who live with them.

Schools and universities

 From April 26, in yellow and orange zones schools and universities will reopen at full capacity. In red zones, they will go back at 50-75% capacity.

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