August Covid-19 regulations in Italy

Covid-19: Italy imposes new restrictions

Green Pass mandatory for indoor dining, museums, cinemas, and more

Italy’s COVID-19 situation is under control, the vaccination campaign is going swimmingly, and the government is optimistic. Many regions have been reporting low enough cases that all of Italy has been confirmed a white zone. Below you can find the calendar of the new loosened regulations for the summer.

On July 22, Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced the Green Pass will be required (effective nationwide on August 6, and on July 23 in some regions) to dine indoors at restaurants, cafes, bars, as well as to access gyms, museums, cinemas, theatres, arenas, stadiums, as well as private celebrations. The PM and Minister for Health Speranza invited all Italians who can to get vaccinated.

How to get the COVID Green Pass

In August, the Green Pass will be necessary for many indoor social activities. Fret not, it’s super easy to get! Over 40.000.000 Italians have it already. All you need is at least one jab of the COVID vaccine or a negative test. You can show your Green Pass in paper format, or on your smartphone via various apps like IO, or your regional Salute app (like Salute Lazio). A QR code indicating your situation will show up on the app automatically maximum of a couple of days after your vaccine, or you will be prompted to download it.


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

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). As of July 22, the Rt index will no longer be the classifier: regions will instead look at hospitalization numbers.

Italy three zones covid

The White Zone

At the moment all Italian regions are classified as a white zone (update 21/06/21).

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: 

  • No night curfew: restaurants and bars are allowed to stay open with no time limitations
  • A maximum of six people can sit at the same table when dining indoors
  • Tables must always be at least one meter apart both outdoors and indoors
  • Social distancing is still paramount
  • Wearing a mask is only mandatory indoors and in crowds (except in Campania, where masks are still mandatory also outdoors).

The Yellow Zone

No regions are currently classified as yellow zones (last update 28/06/2021).

The restrictions for the regions in the yellow zone are as follows:

  • You’re still prohibited to move around from 12am till 5am. In any case, the government recommends you to always avoid crowds. 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 open all week
  • Restaurants, bars, pubs, bakeries and gelaterias are reopening until midnight, also for indoor seating. They will be able to operate on weekends and bank holidays too, following the same opening hours 5am – 12am. In any of the above-mentioned venues, four non-cohabiting people are allowed per table. Takeaway is allowed till 12am for restaurants and 6pm for bars. Food delivery is still allowed nonstop without any restrictions.
  • Shopping malls reopen on weekends
  • 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, skiing slopes and outdoor swimming pools have reopened.

The Orange Zone

Italian regions are classified as orange zones when the Rt index is more than 1. At the moment no regions are classified as a orange zone (update 28/06/21). 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. At the moment no regions are classified as a red zone (update 28/06/21). 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

Curfew

At present there is no night curfew in Italy.


Travel in Italy – Green Pass

At the moment leisure travel is allowed between all regions of Italy.

Travel to and from European Union Countries

All passengers coming from Europen Union Countries are allowed to enter Italy with no need of quarantine, provided that they have a green certificate proving that you have undergone molecular or antigenic testing, carried out by means of a swab, with negative results 48 hours before arrival.

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 and indoors pools and gyms are open, but the Green Pass is required to enter them. A two-metres distance is required at all times, masks must be worn in communal spaces, while public showers are not allowed. 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 (1,500 in Lazio) outdoor or 25% of a venue’s capacity, and up to 500 people for indoor venues from July 1. The Green Pass is required to enter sports events indoors.

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

All cinemas and theatres are open. Indoor venues will allow 50% capacity until max 500 people, and 1000 in outdoor venues. The Green Pass is required to enter indoor cinemas and theatres.

Museums open

Museums and art galleries are open; the Green Pass is required to enter them.

Private ceremonies allowed from June 1 in white zones, June 15 everywhere else

Private gatherings linked to civic or religious ceremonies such as weddings, baptisms, communions and confirmations, will be allowed from June 1 in white zones and June 15 in yellow zones. All participants must have either the green pass, or a certificate attesting having healed from COVID in the previous 6 months, or a negative test done within 48 hours prior to the event.

Fairs and theme parks opening on June 1 in white zones, June 15 everywhere else

Fairs and thematic parks will reopen on June 15, congresses from July 1 in yellow zones, while on June 1 in white zones. National and international trade fairs are allowed.

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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