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UPDATED: Here’s the new form you need to go outside in Italy’s lockdown phase two

With every new Italian emergency decree comes a new version of the self-certification form. Here's what you need to know. (Paywall Free)

UPDATED: Here's the new form you need to go outside in Italy's lockdown phase two
Police check passengers' justification for travel at Milan train station. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

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Italy moves into “phase two” of its lockdown measures on Monday, May 4th, and while quarantine is easing rather than ending, the rules have changed slightly under the government's latest decree.

To reflect these changes, the government has issued a new version of the self-declaration form needed whenever you leave the house.

PHASE TWO EXPLAINED: What changes in Italy from May 4th?

Tight restrictions on movement remain, meaning anyone leaving the house will still need to complete the autodichiarazione or 'self-declaration' form.

The form “will remain as long as there are limitations” on travel, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has stated.

We don't know how long that will be in total, but we do know that the current rules are valid from May 4-17th – so you can expect to need the permission slip for at least another two weeks.

The latest version of the form

Here's what the updated autodichiarazione looks like, as of May 4th:

Not much has changed: the only difference is that a few lines specifying what counts as an “absolute emergency” and “situation of necessity”, as well as the examples of what to write as your reason for going outside, have been removed.

In fact, the Interior Ministry has said that you can continue to use the previous version of the form (dated March 26th) and simply cross out the relevant sections.

Here's how that should look:

The form is available to download here

Police officers can also supply you with a paper copy of the form to fill out if and when they stop you, the Interior Ministry says.

What has changed?

Though the new form doesn't make it explicit, the government has expanded its list of acceptable reasons for going outside.

As well as to go to work, buy necessities, for health emergencies or exercising, you are now allowed to travel within your own region to visit relatives (defined as spouses, partners, parents, children, in-laws, siblings, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and cousins' children – but not friends).

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You are also able to return to your place of permanent residence, even if it means crossing from one region to another. Once you return to your home region, you should stay there: you can't go back and forth between two addresses.

Since a number of businesses are reopening from May 4th, more people will be returning to work and more shops will be open. Many towns have also reopened their parks. Going to your local shops or nearby park is considered a legitimate reason to be outside, so long as you respect guidelines on social distancing and face masks.

How do you fill out the form?

The form is essentially an official declaration that you haven't tested positive for Covid-19 and aren't subject to quarantine; you're aware of the national and regional travel restrictions in force; the information you provide is true; and you understand that making a false claim is punishable by law.

It asks for the following information (in order):

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Where you're officially resident
  • Where you're currently living/staying (which can be different to your official residence)
  • Form of ID (e.g. passport, ID card)
  • ID number
  • Telephone number
  • Where you're departing from
  • Where you're going to
  • Region you're departing from
  • Region you're travelling to (if applicable)
  • If travelling between regions, the circumstances for travel as permitted under the relevant regional rules
  • Reason for travel: work; emergency; necessity; health
  • Details of reason for travel
  • Date, time and place you're handing in the form
  • Signature

The form should be filled out in Italian. Ask someone to help you if you're not sure what to write.

Can you still be fined?

While freedom of movement remains restricted in Italy you can still be fined for breaking the rules: up to €3,000, or even more in some regions. 

Italian newspaper reports suggest that police will no longer be quite so strict about checking forms, however, with some suggesting that people don't need to carry one while they're exercising and that employees going to work can simply show their work ID. 

From now on police patrols will focus mainly on preventing and breaking up gatherings, according to La Repubblica.

Realistically police can't check everyone's papers, and whether they punish you is at each officer's discretion. Many people will probably just be told to go back home.

But the only way to be sure of avoiding problems is to follow the rules the Italian authorities have set, described above. 

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  1. The new travel rules from 4 May ban travel between regions. I am currently renting in Lucca. Does the new rule mean I can travel anywhere in Tuscany and so rent in another town?

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COVID-19

Covid-19: Are Italian live events at risk of being postponed?

As the infection rate rises sharply across the country, Italian virologists are calling for concerts and festivals to be rescheduled.

Covid-19: Are Italian live events at risk of being postponed?

Italy has seen a large increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in recent days, so much so that a number of virologists across the country are now urging the government to postpone major live events in a bid to curb infections. 

According to a new report by Italy’s independent health watchdog, the Gimbe Foundation, 595,349 new cases were recorded in the week from June 29th to July 5th; a worrying 55 percent increase on the previous week. 

In the same time span, the country also registered a 32.8 percent rise in the number of hospitalised patients, which went from 6,035 to 8,003.  

The latest Covid wave, which is being driven by the highly contagious Omicron 5 variant, is a “real cause for concern”, especially in terms of a “potential patient overload”, said Nino Cartabellotta, president of the Gimbe Foundation. 

As Italian cities prepare to host a packed calendar of concerts and festivals this summer, health experts are questioning whether such events should actually take place given the high risk of transmission associated with mass gatherings.

READ ALSO: What tourists in Italy need to know if they get Covid-19

“Rescheduling these types of events would be the best thing to do right now,” said Massimo Ciccozzi, Director of Epidemiology at Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome. 

The summer wave is expected to peak in mid-July but, Ciccozzi warns, the upcoming live events might “delay [the peak] until the end of July or even beyond” and extend the infection curve.

Antonello Maruotti, Professor of Statistics at LUMSA University of Rome, recently shared Ciccozzi’s concerns, saying that live events as big as Maneskin’s scheduled Rome concert are “definitely not a good idea”. 

The Italian rock band are slated to perform at the Circus Maximus on Saturday, July 9th but the expected turnout – over 70,000 fans are set to attend the event – has raised objections from an array of Italian doctors, with some warning that the concert might cause as many as 20,000 new cases.

If it were to materialise, the prospected scenario would significantly aggravate Lazio’s present medical predicament as there are currently over 186,000 Covid cases in the region (nearly 800 patients are receiving treatment in local hospitals). 

Italian rock band Maneskin performing in Turin

Italian rock band Maneskin are expected to perform at the Circus Maximus in Rome on Saturday, July 9th. Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP

But, despite pleas to postpone the event, it is likely that Maneskin’s concert will take place as scheduled.

Alessandro Onorato, Rome’s Tourism Councillor, said that rescheduling is “out of question” and that “all recommendations from the local medical authorities will be adopted” with the help of the event’s organisers and staff on the ground.

At the time of writing, there is also no indication that the Italian government will consider postponing other major live events scheduled to take place in the coming weeks, though the situation is evolving rapidly and a U-turn on previous dispositions can’t be ruled out.

READ ALSO: At a glance: What are the Covid-19 rules in Italy now?

On this note, it is worth mentioning that Italy has now scrapped all of its former Covid measures except the requirement to wear FFP2 face masks on public transport (though not on planes) and in healthcare settings.

The use of face coverings is, however, still recommended in all crowded areas, including outdoors – exactly the point that leading Italian doctors are stressing in the hope that live events will not lead to large-scale infection.

Antonio Magi, President of Rome’s OMCEO (College of Doctors, Surgeons and Dentists), said: “Our advice is to wear FFP2 masks […] in high-risk situations.”

“I hope that young people will heed our recommendations and think about the health risks that their parents or grandparents might be exposed to after the event [they attend].”

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