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REMINDER: Which coronavirus rules change in Italy on Monday?

Further restrictions begin in Italy on December 21st under measures hoped to curb Covid-19 infections.

REMINDER: Which coronavirus rules change in Italy on Monday?
Italian carabinieri police on patrol in central Rome as people do their Christmas shopping. Photo: AFP

Italy last week announced extra restrictions over Christmas and New Year period, and the rules under the emergency decree are set to change several times over the holidays.

Here are the updates to keep in mind from Monday December 21st:

A ban on non-essential travel between regions – any and all of them, regardless of which colour zone they are – begins on the 21st.

Travel between regions is now only allowed for work, health, and emergency reasons, and you'll need to take a completed self-certification form with you if travelling.

CALENDAR: How Italy's rules will change throughout Christmas and New Year

Nationwide rules stay in place, including an evening curfew from 10pm to 5am and the closure of all museums, cinemas, theatres and galleries.

Other rules still depend on which zone you are in under the tiered system.

Bars, restaurants and shops can remain open in yellow zones within the usual rules, though in orange zone Abruzzo they remain closed.

Find more information about the rules in each zone here.

The rules also get tighter on the 21st for travellers arriving from the EU, who now have to observe a 14-day quarantine if they enter Italy on or after December 21st.

In a separate rule change on Sunday, travel to and from the UK also became impossible until at least January 6th as Italy's government enforced a strict travel ban amid concerns about a new strain of coronavirus.

The next update to the rules in Italy will come on December 24th. Italy goes into temporary lockdown until the 27th, with maximum red zone restrictions applied across the whole country.

Please be aware that different regions of Italy may have additional local restrictions. Check the latest rules where you are: find out how to do that here.

 

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Calendar: The transport strikes to expect in Italy this February

Travellers are once again set to face serious disruption as Italy will experience a new round of transport strikes in February. Here's what you can expect in the coming weeks.

Calendar: The transport strikes to expect in Italy this February

Travel to, from and across Italy was disrupted by dozens of strikes in January

And, while many travellers might have hoped for a change in the trend, strikes are set to continue into February as Italian unions have already announced a further round of demonstrations affecting rail and public transport services as well as airline travel.

Here’s an overview of February’s main strike actions, including a national public transport strike on Friday, February 17th and another nationwide walkout from airport ground staff on Tuesday, February 28th.

Public transport

February 17th: Public transport staff will take part in a national 24-hour strike on Friday, February 17th. 

The strike was called in late January by Italian union USB (Unione Sindacale di Base) to protest against precarious work and “wild privatisation” attempts on the part of the Italian state.

READ ALSO: Should you travel in Italy when there’s a strike on?

There currently aren’t any details as to what percentage of workers will take part in the action. As such, the amount of disruption travellers should expect on the day cannot be estimated yet. 

Air travel

February 12th: Air traffic control staff at Perugia’s San Francesco d’Assisi airport will take part in a 24-hour strike action on Sunday, February 12th. 

It isn’t yet clear how the walkout in question will affect air travel to and from the airport on the day.

Travellers at an Italian airport

A national strike from ground service staff may cause delays and queues at many Italian airports on Tuesday, February 28th. Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP

February 28th: Baggage handlers and other airport ground service staff will take part in a national 24-hour strike on Tuesday, February 28th. 

It isn’t yet clear how the strike will affect air travel during the day, though a similar demonstration caused significant delays and queues at some Italian airports in late January.

ENAV air traffic operators based in Calabria are also expected to strike on February 28th, with the walkout set to start at 1pm and end at 5pm.

Rail

February 5th-6th: Calabria-based Trenitalia staff will strike from 9pm on Sunday, February 5th to 9pm the following day. 

A list of guaranteed services in the region is available here.

February 9th: Staff from Lombardy’s Trenord will take part in a 22-hour strike – from 2am to 11.50pm – on Thursday, February 9th.

Empty train platform in Codogno, Lombardy

Staff from Lombardy’s regional railway operator Trenord will strike for 22 hours on Thursday, February 9th. Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP

It’s currently unclear whether Trenord will operate minimum services on the day. Any information regarding the strike will be released on the following website page

February 12th-13th: Trenitalia staff in Emilia-Romagna will strike from 3.30am on Sunday, February 12th to 2.30am on Monday, February 13th.

A list of guaranteed services in the region is available here.

February 19th: Veneto-based Trenitalia staff will strike from 9am to 5pm on Sunday, February 19th. 

Guaranteed services are available here.

On the same day, there will be no service between Milan’s Milano Centrale station and Paris’s Gare de Lyon due to a strike from staff at France’s national railway company SNCF.

READ ALSO: Trains and planes: Italy’s new international travel routes in 2023

February 20th: Trenitalia personnel in Lombardy are expected to strike from 9am to 5pm on Monday, February 20th. 

Guaranteed services haven’t been made available yet. 

You can keep up to date with the latest strike news from Italy HERE.

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