Under Italy’s current emergency decree, a national tiered framework means some Covid-19 rules differ based on where you are in Italy.
Regions are divided into red, orange, yellow and white zones, under a system based on how severe the coronavirus situation is locally.
People in the highest-risk red zones are told to stay within their town, and are only allowed to leave for work, study, health or other urgent reasons.
The regional rules first came into effect on November 6th, and the classification is now revised weekly on Fridays based on the latest health data.
Under the latest emergency decree, the government stated that the changes will come into effect on Mondays, rather than Sundays as has been the case previously.
On Friday March 5th Italy’s health minister signed the latest ordinance moving two more regions into the orange zone and one into the red zone.
This means that from Monday, March 8th, Italy’s regions are classified as follows:
- Yellow zones:Calabria, Lazio, Liguria, Puglia, Sicily, Valle d’Aosta
- Orange zones: Abruzzo, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lombardy, Marche, Piedmont, Tuscany, Autonomous province of Bolzano, Autonomous province of Trento, Umbria, Veneto
- Red zones: Basilicata, Campania, Molise (Local lockdowns are also in place in some towns and provinces.)
- White zones: Sardinia
Note that in addition to the regional classifications, many towns and provinces have declared their own additional restrictions. See the current list here.
According to the Italian health ministry, people in orange zones are not allowed to travel from one municipality (town) to another, unless for essential reasons, by either public or private transport.
Bars, cafes, restaurants, pastry shops and other food businesses are closed.
Home delivery is still allowed, and takeaway is permitted until curfew at 10pm.
Museums and art galleries are closed.
All shops can remain open.
Hairdressers and beauticians can remain open.
Visits to the homes of family and friends outside your municipality are not allowed.
You can leave your municipality to visit your second home.
In red zones, all the orange zone rules apply, plus:
In addition to not being allowed to travel from one municipality to another, people in red zones are not allowed to move around within their own area unless for essential reasons, by either public or private transport.
You can only enter or leave an orange or red zone for the same urgent reasons.
All schools in red zones are closed.
Shops are to close except for those deemed essential, which include supermarkets and other food shops, tabacchi, and pharmacies.
Hairdressers and beauticians are closed.
Visits to relatives and friends are not allowed, even within your own municipality,
Travel to second homes is also prohibited in red zones.
All team sports activities are suspended (solo exercise such as running or walking is allowed.)