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?
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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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Italy lifts mask mandate for private sector workers

Masks will no longer be required in the workplace but Italian companies will have the right to impose restrictions for employees deemed "at risk".

Italy lifts mask mandate for private sector workers

Representatives from the Italian Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Health and all major national unions collectively signed off on Thursday a new “shared protocol” (protocollo condiviso) for the implementation of anti-Covid measures in private workplaces. 

Although the full text of the bill will only be made available to the public sometime next week, portions of the document have already been released to the media, thus disclosing the government’s next steps in the fight against the virus.

The most relevant update concerns face masks, which will no longer be mandatory in private workplaces. 

However, the text specifies, FFP2 face masks remain “an important protective item aimed at safeguarding workers’ health”. As such, employers will have the right to autonomously impose the use of face coverings on categories of workers considered “at risk”.

READ ALSO: Italy’s transport mask rule extended to September as Covid rate rises

Notably, face coverings may remain mandatory for those working in “indoor settings shared by multiple employees” or even in “outdoor settings where social distancing may not be practicable”. Individuals with pre-existing medical conditions (soggetti fragili) may also be subject to such rules, which, it is worth reminding, are left to the employer’s discretion. 

Alongside mask-related restrictions, employers will also have the right to have their staff undergo temperature checks prior to entering the workplace. In such cases, anyone with a body temperature higher than 37.5C will be denied access to the workplace and will be asked to temporarily self-isolate pending further indications from their own doctor.

In line with previous measures, companies will be required to continue supplying sanitising products free of charge and regulate access to common areas (canteens, smoking areas, etc.) so as to avoid gatherings.

Additionally, employers will be advised to keep incentivising smart working (lavoro agile), as it has proved to be “a valuable tool to curb infection, especially for at-risk individuals”.

Provided that the country’s infection curve registers no significant changes, the updated protocol will remain in place until October 31st, when it will yet again be reviewed by the relevant governmental and social parties. 

With the latest round of measures, Italy has now scrapped all Covid-related health measures, except the requirement to wear face masks on public transport (though not on planes) and in healthcare settings, and self-isolation provisions for those testing positive. 

READ ALSO: At a glance: What are the Covid-19 rules in Italy now?

Italy’s infection curve has been rising significantly since the beginning of June. From June 1st to June 14th, Covid’s R (spreading rate) rate rose back over 1 for the first time since April 8th. Also, from June 17th to June 23rd, the virus’s incidence rate was 504 cases every 100,000 residents, up by 62 per cent on the previous week.

According to Claudio Mastroianni, Professor of Infectious Diseases at Sapienza University of Rome, “with 25 per cent of daily Covid swabs coming back positive and a R rate over 1, the infection curve will likely rise at least until mid-July”.

However, albeit acknowledging the rising number of positive cases, Deputy Health Minister Andrea Costa has so far categorically excluded the possibility of re-introducing lapsed Covid measures, saying that it’ll be a “restriction-free summer”.