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MAP: Which zone is your region in under Italy’s coronavirus rules?

Find out the latest on where restrictions are easing and where they are the tightest at the moment under varying regional rules.

MAP: Which zone is your region in under Italy's coronavirus rules?
Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

This article was last updated on May 15th

After the health ministry’s latest update to Italy’s regional coronavirus restrictions from Monday, only one region, Valle d’Aosta remains under tighter ‘orange’ zone rules and there are no ‘red’ zones.

Italy began easing its Covid containment measures from April 26th with the reintroduction of lower-risk ‘yellow’ zones, where restrictions on travel are relaxed and many businesses have reopened.

This means that, from Monday May 17th, the zone classifications are as follows:

Red zone: No regions.

Orange zone: Valle d’Aosta.

Yellow zone: All other regions.

White zone: no regions

Note that in addition to the regional classifications, many towns and provinces may declare their own additional restrictions.

EXPLAINED: What are the rules in Italy’s ‘orange zones’?

What is allowed again in yellow zones?

After weeks of being limited to takeaways and deliveries only, Sicily and Sardinia will be allowed to join the rest of Italy in lifting many of the coronavirus restrictions. Like the other yellow zone regions, restaurants will be able to serve customers at outdoor tables.

Restrictions on non-essential travel between regions in yellow zones have also been dropped.

It’s now also possible to travel to and from higher-risk regions using a new travel ‘immunity’ pass.

A 10pm-5am curfew remains in place nationwide.

Find out where to get the latest information for your local area here.

Please note The Local is not able to advise on specific situations.  For more information on the restrictions please see the Italian Health Ministry’s website (in English).

Member comments

  1. I have been a memeber for just a few months and have found The Local extremely useful and informative. I have lived in Italy for 27 years and even though I speak and write Italian pretty well, The Local is my “go to” for quick and clear articles on what is happening in Italy. I highly recommend it to all English speaking persons living in Italy.

  2. This article, MAP: Which zone is your region in under Italy’s coronavirus restrictions? has an error. The map of red zones is correct but the list includes Calabria and should say Campania. Otherwise very informative as always, thanks!

  3. It’s a mess in Italy. I don’t live there, but my significant other does. I spent 3 month in the northeast side, and it’s a nightmare, even from a tourist perspective. You must keep up to date of the rules, which constantly change, and towns are DEAD. Luckily, this year it’s picking up. But the lack of tourism (AKA ingress) is KILLING towns and jobs. It’s a disaster. Even AirBnBs are shutting down (never thought that would happen)….

    The bottomline is they gotta get the vaccines out, and the haven’t! Why is it taking so long to vaccinate people? And I’m not even talking about the general population, I”m speaking of the elderly and older folks. It’s a mess.

    It will take YEARS for Italy to recover. Everyday I was there, I watched Notizie Regionale (regional news), and the talks of vaccine/covid was constant. My question to my in-laws was “What’s the economic action plan to recover from the pandemic?”…..silence all around the table….
    That’s my biggest fear. The government has no idea…
    At least the 1 euro houses are selling…..

    1. Italy ordered from the start enough vaccines to cover its population 3x over. The EU spent billions on funding the development of the vaccines. Why are there no vaccines? The EU placed its order and signed the contract with Modern prior to the UK signing, but since Moderna is produced in the UK they kept all the vaccines there for the most part. Pfizer also defaulted on its contractual obligations and delivered far fewer vaccines than it should have. Then there has been the pull back from Astra Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson, and the country is simply left with a significant shortage. But, do read this clearly — this is not due to their lack of funding the vaccines, ordering them, or paying for them. This is due to the UK and the USA hoarding them.

      The lack of vaccines is devastating to those who should be in school and to the economy. Europe needs to think twice about how its allies have hung them out to dry.

      There is a massive economic plan for recovery, you merely need to search for it, it is readily findable on the internet. They can’t really role it out can they without getting people vaccinated and back to work. So once again, we are back to the vaccine shortage that the UK and USA are directly responsible for (the EU has taken Moderna and Pfizer to court).

      To answer your question as to why they are not getting the vaccines out and taking so long to vaccinate people, it is simply because the vaccines are not here.

  4. Moderna is made in “Cambridge” but not the English one the USA!!!! Moderna has only been approved in the UK this month,April and first deliveries have arrived. Look to the EU and USA administrations for blame as to slow roll out in Italy…..
    Get the facts right please, including the fake new about Astra Zenica (some of which is made in Italy!).

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COVID-19 VACCINES

Italy’s deputy health minister under fire after casting doubt on Covid vaccines

Opposition leaders called for health undersecretary Marcello Gemmato to resign on Tuesday after the official said he was not "for or against" vaccines.

Italy's deputy health minister under fire after casting doubt on Covid vaccines

Gemmato, a pharmacist and member of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s far-right Brothers of Italy party, made the remark during an appearance on the political talkshow ReStart on Rai 2 on Monday evening.

READ ALSO: Covid vaccines halved Italy’s death toll, study finds

In a widely-shared clip, the official criticises the previous government’s approach to the Covid pandemic, claiming that for a large part of the crisis Italy had the highest death rate and third highest ‘lethality’ rate (the proportion of Covid patients who died of the disease).

When journalist Aldo Cazzullo interjects to ask whether the toll would have been higher without vaccines, Gemmato responds: “that’s what you say,” and claimed: “We do not have the reverse burden of proof.”

The undersecretary goes on to say that he won’t “fall into the trap of taking a side for or against vaccines”.

After Gemmato’s comments, the president of Italy’s National Federation of Medical Guilds, Filippo Anelli, stressed that official figures showed the Italian vaccination campaign had already prevented some 150,000 deaths, slashing the country’s potential death toll by almost half.

Vaccines also prevented eight million cases of Covid-19, over 500,000 hospitalisations, and more than 55,000 admissions to intensive care, according to a report from Italy’s national health institute (ISS) in April 2021.

Gemmato’s comments provoked calls for him to step down, including from the head of the centre-left Democratic Party, Enrico Letta.

“A health undersecretary who doesn’t take his distance from no-vaxxers is certainly in the wrong job” wrote the leader of the centrist party Action, Carlo Calenda, on Twitter.

Infectious disease expert Matteo Bassetti of Genoa’s San Martino clinic also expressed shock.

“How is it possible to say that there is no scientific proof that vaccines have helped save the lives of millions of people? You just have to read the scientific literature,” Bassetti tweeted. 

In response to the backlash, Gemmato on Tuesday put out a statement saying he believes “vaccines are precious weapons against Covid” and claiming that his words were taken out of context and misused against him.

The Brothers of Italy party was harshly critical of the previous government’s approach to handling the Covid crisis, accusing the former government of using the pandemic as an excuse to “limit freedom” through its use of the ‘green pass’, a proof of vaccination required to access public spaces. 

But since coming into power, Meloni appears to have significantly softened her stance.

Her appointee for health minister, Orazio Schillaci, is a medical doctor who formed part of the team advising the Draghi administration on its handling of the pandemic.

Schillaci, a former dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at Rome’s Tor Vergata University, has described the former government’s green pass scheme as an “indispensable tool for guaranteeing safety in university classrooms”.

Speaking at a session of the G20 on Tuesday, Meloni referenced the role of vaccines in bringing an end to the Covid pandemic.

“Thanks to the extraordinary work of health personnel, vaccines, prevention, and the accountability of citizens, life has gradually returned to normal,’ the prime minister said in a speech.

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