After the current set of rules expired on July 31st, Italy is due to launch a new emergency decree, or DPCM (Decreto del presidente del consiglio, or prime minister's decree).
The Italian government has already extended the current state of emergency until October 15th, which means it can now get on with drafting the decreto agosto, or August decree.
While many people hope some of the current rules may be revised – including travel restrictions – so far it looks likely that many of the existing measures will remain in place, with the government urging people to remain cautious.
The August decree is widely expected to be focused on supporting businesses as well as funding labour protection and social security measures, with Italy now facing its “worst recession since World War Two”.
Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (L) and Finance and Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
At a hearing at the joint budget committees of the Chamber and the Senate, Italy's Finance Minister, Roberto Gualtieri, said the money will be allocated to schools, local authorities, employees and businesses: in particular the automotive and tourism sectors.
Measures for businesses include consumer spending bonuses, social distancing incentives for hiring new employees, financial support for those returning to work, and support for employees to continue “smart working”, or working from home. The package of measures will cost an estimated €25 billion, ministers said.
The decree is also expected to lay out which safety precautions – notably mandatory face masks, social distancing on transport and limits on public gatherings – will continue.
The full contents of the new decree were expected to be announced in a speech by the prime minister in the first week of August, though Italian media now reports that it won't come into force until August 10th.
As yet nothing has been officially confirmed. But for now, here's what we know about the main policies likely to be included.
Face masks to remain compulsory
Wearing a face mask in enclosed public spaces, including shops and public transport, is expected to remain mandatory throughout Italy until at least the end of August, reports say.
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