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The Italian parliament was set to approve the latest emergency decree on Wednesday October 7th, but ministers now have until October 15th to approve the full set of rules.
Italian PM Giuseppe Conte on Monday morning confirmed to reporters that the decree could be ready as soon as Monday evening.
The new measures are widely expected to be tougher than were originally set in a draft seen last week, as cases have risen sharply since.
Italy’s daily infections surpassed 5,000 in recent days for the first time since March.
Parliament on Wednesday did however approve a separate decree with a requirement for masks to be worn in public places – indoors and outdoors – at all times.
While the final text of the October decree has not yet been published, and may now be adjusted before October 15th, here's a look at what is expected to be included in the new decree.
Ban on parties
Health minister Roberto Speranza said on Sunday night that he had proposed a nationwide ban on parties, including gatherings on private property, saying this was needed to keep schools open due to the high number of transmissions between family members.
“Parties will not only be banned for kids, but for everyone,” he said on Italy's Rai TV channel. “We need to send a very clear message.”
“I'm convinced that the vast majority of people will follow the instructions contained in an emergency decree.”While it is unclear how such a measure could be enforced, Speranza added: “When there is a rule, Italians have shown that they respect it and that they don't need a policeman to monitor them.”
Ban on amateur contact sports
The government is also believed to be debating a ban on amateur contact sports, including five-a-side football, according to reports in Italian media.
Quarantine may be reduced to ten days
The government's scientific advisory panel has reportedly recommended that the mandatory quarantine period be cut from 14 days to ten, news agency Ansa reports.
Rapid coronavirus tests may also be carried out by GPs at doctors' surgeries within the nxt few weeks, ministers said on Monday. Currently you need to get a referral from your doctor to take a test at an approved local clinic or testing centre.
Last week, a suggested nationwide limit on the opening times of bars and restaurants was ruled out.
However local and regional authorities may order local curfews if deemed necessary.
City authorities in Rome, for example, are expected to introduce measures reducing opening hours for bars and restaurants, Ansa reports.