The Italian government is still finalizing the rules that will come into force after the current restrictions expire on Sunday, May 17th.
According to a draft of the new measures published in Italian media on Friday, crossing from one region of Italy to another will remain tightly limited until June 2nd – but from June 3rd, travel will only be restricted if an area is considered a high risk for coronavirus infections.
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Meanwhile restrictions on travel within the same region will be dropped from Monday, May 18th, the draft states.
That means that, as expected, you will no longer need an 'autocertificazione' form to go outside after this weekend.
And while currently you can only leave your own town for urgent or essential reasons, from Monday you'll be able to visit friends, stay at your second home, go to the beach or take a holiday within your own region – unless the regional authorities there decide otherwise.
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Some regional governments have already allowed residents more freedom to travel within their region, and are pushing to speed up Italy's exit from lockdown.
The government is said to be under pressure from the governors of Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia Romagna – three of the worst-affected regions – to let people cross freely between regions as soon as May 18th, according to reports.
But the draft suggests the national government would prefer to limit movement until after Italy's Republic Day holiday on Tuesday, June 2nd.
Until then, if the draft rules are finalized, travelling between regions will only be possible for urgent work or health reasons, to return to your place of permanent residence, or in other emergencies. Travelling for any other reason can still earn you a fine.
Even after those restrictions are dropped nationally, they can still be maintained or reimposed in parts of the country where the epidemic remains severe.
The draft also states that local mayors will have the option to temporarily block off any areas where social distancing can't be enforced.
Meanwhile businesses allowed to reopen from May 18th – which now include bars, restaurants, hairdressers, barbers and beauty parlours as well as shops – will have to follow national and regional safety guidelines or face penalties.