What are Italy’s coronavirus rules until January 15th?

What are Italy's coronavirus rules until January 15th?
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The coronavirus rules are changing again in Italy. Here's what we know so far about the rules in place for this week and beyond.

After being under strict national measures over the holiday period, Italy will return to its regional tiered system of restrictions from January 10th.

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Under the tiered system, red, orange and yellow zones have differing rules depending on the local coronavirus situation in each region.

But for the next few days, nationwide rules still apply across Italy.

Here’s what you need to know.

Thursday 7th and Friday 8th January: The entire country is classed as a “reinforced” yellow zone, meaning that national restrictions apply everywhere plus a ban on non-essential travel between regions. You can travel within your region.

Bars and restaurants can reopen on those two days until 6pm. Takeaway is allowed until 10pm. Shops can open until 8pm, and shopping centres can also open.

The 10pm-5am curfew remains in place.

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th January: On these days the whole of Italy will go back to stricter orange zone restrictions. 

This means a ban on non-essential travel between regions and towns.

If you need to travel for urgent reasons on these dates, or during curfew hours, you must take a completed self-certification form with you.

Bars and restaurants can only open for takeaway (until 10pm) and home delivery. Shops can open until 8pm, but shopping centres are closed.

Outdoor exercise and movement within your own town or comune is still allowed.

Italy is expected to be placed under orange zone restrictions nationwide every weekend in January, the Ansa news agency reports.

Monday 11th – Friday 15th January: Five regions of Italy become orange zones from January 10th, so come Monday they will remain under stricter restrictions while the rest of the country returns to lighter rules.

Calabria, Emilia Romagna, Lombardy, Sicily and Veneto will be orange zones throughout the week, which means that travel is restricted between towns and bars and restaurants are not allowed to serve on the premises. Residents of these regions can continue to go out freely within their own town.

Throughout Italy, the nighttime curfew continues and travel between regions, including yellow zones, will remain restricted until at least January 15th.

After January 15th:

The prime minister is to announce the contents of the next emergency decree by January 15th.

The government is also expected to extend the current state of emergency, which expires on January 31st, possibly until the end of May or July.

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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