The 11 rules you still have to follow in Italy from June 3rd

The 11 rules you still have to follow in Italy from June 3rd
A municipal police offier stands by the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence next to a copy of Michelangelo's "David". Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP
The lockdown rules are being relaxed but they've not been removed altogether. Here's what you're still not allowed to do in Italy at the moment.

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.

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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 masks
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.

READ ALSO: When and where do you need to wear a face mask in Italy?

Quarantine

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.

Temperature checks
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.

READ ALSO: What are Italy's latest lockdown rules on sharing a car or scooter?

 

No gatherings

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. 

Disposable gloves
Despite being reportedly hard to find in some places, gloves are recommended when shopping and are mandatory in some food stores.

Advance bookings:
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.

READ ALSO: Italy's tourist attractions reopen with strict rules in place


Member comments

  1. Mary White can you offer a single piece of verified evidence that gloves are ineffective? Make sure you tell your surgeon, nurse, doctor or dentist they are misinfomed the next time you visit one, and insist they not utilise these when they treat you next time. At least then we will see if Darwin was correct!

  2. I see people put their seatbelts on, but put the shoulder strap behind them. Babies are injured when car seats are installed improperly. Yes, user errors happen. So the proper response is to scrap all safety precautions!? The use of masks and social-distancing have reams of scientific data behind their efficacy in helping to contain disease. Rules like we’re seeing today have often been used in time of disease. But no, let’t minimize a deadly disease, that kills horribly I might add, and make it a political tool to try to excoriate those who differ from us politically.

  3. Luigi is right. But sadly, China and the global left are not going to let a good pandemic go to waste.
    Like masks, gloves outside the medical environment are not proven to reduce spread of covid-19 and gloves may in fact be worse that bare hands that are washed frequently. I’ve seen people fiddling with their masks with gloved hands, so what’s the point?

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