Where are the areas of Italy under special quarantine measures?

Where are the areas of Italy under special quarantine measures?
Police officers wearing a respiratory mask gestures as prison personnel (not in picture) talk to inmates' relatives outside the Sant’Anna prison in Modena, Emilia-Romagna, in one of Italy's quarantine
Italy has effectively been divided into three with parts of the country under tight restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak. This interactive map show the regions and towns subject to special measures.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, the Italian government approved a new emergency decree which included placing some 15 million people living in northern Italy inside a new “quarantine” zone.

The emergency decree applies to the entire Lombardy region, which includes the city of Milan, as well as other municipalities in northern Italy including Venice, Padua, Parma, and Rimini.

The measures are expected to remain in place until April 3rd.

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The area is now being referred to by Italian media as the “orange zone” (zona arancione), as the new quarantine measures being put in place remain less severe than those in this small “red zone” (zona rossa), where for the past two weeks 11 small towns in Lombardy and Veneto – the regions worst hit by the coronavirus outbreak in Italy – have been on lockdown in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus.

The government also ordered also the closure of all cinemas, theatres, museums, nightclubs and casinos throughout the country, according to the text of the decree published on the government website.

Schools and universities across the country have also been closed.

While churches and cathedrals may remain open to worshippers, mass is prohibited across the country from Monday.

People returning to other parts of Italy from the orange zone may face quarantine on arrival, as regions adopt their own measures aimed at preventing the spread.

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