Italy began to allow regional and some international travel on Wednesday June 3rd, and scrapped a 14-day mandatory quarantine period as it continues to ease lockdown measures. But not all the rules have been removed yet.
Italy is now in phase two, which authorities say means “living alongside the virus”, with social distancing and other precautions expected to stay in place for some time.
In fact there are quite a few things we still need to remember, according to the text of the most recent emergency decree.
Each regional authority in Italy may adapt these rules and introduce additional measures, so it’s advisable to check the latest updates on your local region’s website if in doubt.
Here are the national rules still in place:
One-metre distance rule
Everyone is required to keep a minimum distance of one metre from anyone else at all times when out of the house, or two metres while exercising. If that’s not possible, wearing masks is mandatory (for example when in shops and on public transport.)
Wearing a face mask remain mandatory in closed spaces, such as in restaurants (except when sitting down) or shops, or on public transport. In some regions, including Lombardy, it’s mandatory whenever you’re out of the house.
While the national rules on quarantine for travellers have been dropped, some regions have their own requirements: Sicily, for example, is enforcing obligatory quarantine for anyone arriving from another region until June 8.
Anyone with a temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or higher must stay at home.
To access offices and public buildings it is mandatory to undergo body temperature measurement. If it exceeds 37.5 degrees, access may be denied. The government also recommends that restaurant owners should carry out these checks on customers at the entrance.
Temperature screening is also in place for passengers at Italian airports and some train stations.
A member of staff wearing a “smart helmet” thermoscanner at Rome's Fiumicino airport on June 3rd. Photo: AFP
Restrictions in your own vehicle
Social distancing measures should be followed inside your own vehicle, too. Four people can travel in the same car only if they live in the same house. If you give someone a lift and you don’t live with them, they must sit in the back seat, and both of you must wear masks. There are also restrictions on sharing a motorbike or scooter with anyone you don't live with.
Whether at home or outdoors, large gatherings and meetings of any type are still forbidden.
No kissing and hugging
This remains forbidden, even between relatives.
Despite being reportedly hard to find in some places, gloves are recommended when shopping and are mandatory in some food stores.
Reservations are required to enter museums and galleries, as well as restaurants, gyms, and beauty centres.
Don’t hang around
In an effort to prevent crowds forming, particularly in the evening, bars and restaurants are instructed to ask customers not to linger at tables for too long.
No nightclubs or cinemas
The government hasn’t yet said anything about when nightclubs might be able to reopen to the public. Some regions, such as Puglia, are planning to bring in their own rules to allow nightclubs and discos to reopen.
Cinemas and theatres are expected to reopen on June 15th.