Italy Introduces Further Covid Restrictions for Christmas Period

Tue, 12/22/2020 - 06:32
Christmas tree and decorations during the 2020 holidays in Perugia Italy

During a press conference last Friday night, Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte announced the latest batch of restrictions that will apply during the holidays in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus. 

The new emergency decree places all of Italy in the so-called ‘red zone’ on most days during the holidays period; the red zone is the most restrictive, a lockdown with some exceptions. 

All of Italy will be classified as red zone on the following days: 

December 24, 25, 26, 27, 31

January 1, 2, 3, 5, 6

On the days above it is only possible to go out for reasons of work, health or necessity, but there is one exception, introduced to make it possible for people to see some relatives or friends. It will be possible to go visit family or friends for a maximum of two non-cohabitant people per household (children less than 14 years old and people with disabilities do not count), only once a day (meaning you cannot go visit more than one household on the same day), in the same region. 

When you go out on the ‘red days’, you must carry a self-certification with you, explaining the reason for being out.  

On red days, it will be possible to do sports and physical activities outside, but alone, near your home, and always carrying a self-certification. 

On December 28, 29, 30, and January 4, all of Italy will be classified as an orange zone. On these days, it will be possible to go out for whatever reason without a carrying a self-certification, but you cannot leave your city/town, unless you live in a town with less than 5,000 residents, in which case you can go to another that is not more than 30 kilometers away; you’re not allowed however to reach provincial capitals (this in order not to crowd larger towns even more). You can leave your town if you’re going to visit relatives or friends in the same region.  

On red days, only shops selling necessary items, such as supermarkets and pharmacies, can stay open. 

Bars and restaurants will be closed for dine-in from December 24 to January 6; they can only offer take-out and delivery service. 

Over the entire Christmas period (December 21-January 6), it will not be possible to move from one region to another, although it will always be possible to return to one’s residence and to reach second residences within your region. 

The curfew between 10 pm and 5 am remains in place, extended to 7 am on New Year’s eve.