Coronavirus: How the rules change as Italy relaxes lockdown for one day

Coronavirus: How the rules change as Italy relaxes lockdown for one day
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On Monday January 4th, Italy's lockdown is eased for one day only. Here's a look at how the rules change this week.

Italy has gone in and out of 'red zone' lockdown several times over the Christmas and New Year period, as the government aims to stop coronavirus infections being spread during festivities.

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The last of Italy's three mini lockdowns is over Epiphany and begins on January 5th, meaning the country is again classed as an 'orange zone' on the 4th for one day.

Here's what that means and how the rules are set to change.

January 4th: Orange zone

Italy goes back under orange zone rules again for one day: only essential travel is allowed between regions, but you can circulate freely within your own town.

People in small towns (5,000 inhabitants or fewer) can travel within a radius of 30 kilometres in order to reach neighbouring comuni, but they must not go to the provincial capital.

Bars and restaurants are closed to customers, though they can makes deliveries or serve take-out until 10pm. Shops are allowed to remain open until 9pm. 

Curfew begins at 10pm and lasts until 5am.

Everyone arriving from overseas must continue to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

January 5th to 6th: Red zone

Italy becomes a nationwide red zone again, meaning people must not circulate within their own towns, between towns, or between regions without a valid, urgent reason, though individual outdoor exercise is allowed and you can make one trip within the region per day to visit friends or family at home.

When going out for any of these reasons on the days Italy is classed as a red zone you will need to take a completed self-declaration form with you.

Bars and restaurants are closed, as are all businesses except food stores, pharmacies, news agents, laundrettes and hairdressers.

Curfew remains from 10pm to 5am.

Everyone arriving from overseas must continue to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

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


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