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Schools, restaurants, gyms, travel: Here's Italy's new timetable for reopening

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The Local Italy - [email protected] • 29 Apr, 2021 Updated Thu 29 Apr 2021 10:07 CEST
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People have a lunch at a restaurant in Pantheon square in downtown Rome on April 26, 2021. - Bars, restaurants, cinemas and concert halls will partially reopen across Italy on April 26 in a boost for coronavirus-hit businesses, as parliament debates the government's 220-billion-euro ($266-billion) EU-funded recovery plan. After months of stop-start restrictions imposed to manage its second and third waves of Covid-19, Italy hopes this latest easing will mark the start of something like a normal summer. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)

When will gyms reopen, and can we travel to or within Italy? Here are the key dates in Italy's roadmap for easing the coronavirus restrictions.


This article was updated on April 29th.

Italy on April 26th began the first cautious easing of some of its coronavirus-related rules under an updated emergency decree, and further changes are planned in the coming weeks and months.

Here's a quick guide to what will reopen and when, according to the new decree.


From April 26th: Schools, outdoor dining, travel between 'yellow' zones

Many of Italy's current restrictions were relaxed from April 26th, in lower-risk 'yellow' zone' areas only.

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

All schools and universities will be able to resume in-person teaching in yellow and orange zones. 

Restaurants are allowed to reopen in yellow zones for both lunch and dinner - with seating at outdoor tables only.

Photo: Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP


Cinemas and theatre shows are allowed outdoors. Indoor showings can also go ahead, but will have their capacity limited to 50 percent. Masks and distancing are required.

Museums and galleries can also reopen in yellow zones.

Outdoor sports are once again allowed from this date.

Travel is allowed again between yellow zone regions, and the rule against visiting private homes has been relaxed:

"From April 26th to June 15th 2021, in the yellow zone, four people are allowed to travel to a single inhabited private house once a day during curfew hours, the government stated. This number does not include children and is "in addition to those already living in the house".

Non-essential travel to and from higher-risk regions is possible using a new domestic 'immunity pass'.

May 15th: Malls and outdoor swimming pools reopen

Shopping malls, which currently are allowed to open on weekdays only, will be open on weekends again.

Lidos, beach clubs and and outdoor pools are also to reopen in mid-May, with some safety restrictions still in place, including limits on the number of customers allowed.

June 1st: Gyms reopen, indoor restaurant service resumes

Gyms and other indoor fitness facilities and will have to wait until June for reopening, the health minister confirmed.

Sports facilities will have to follow safety guidelines, including limiting the number of people allowed to exercise at once, requiring face masks in communal areas and asking users to book training in advance.


Bars and restaurants can also serve patrons indoors from this date - but only from 5am to 6pm, so dinner service will only be allowed outdoors.

Stadiums meanwhile will reopen to the public at 25 percent capacity. The number of spectators, however, cannot exceed 1,000 in open-air venues and 500 in indoor venues.

July 1st: Conferences and trade fairs restart

Large trade fairs open to the public can go ahead from July, the health minister stated - good news for those planning to attend postponed major events like the Vinitaly wine fair.

Conference venues, theme parks and spas can also resume operations.


What doesn't change:

The nationwide 10pm curfew remains in place, despite calls for it to be moved to 11pm to accommodate dining in restaurants in yellow zones. The government said the rule will be re-evaluated in May.

Many restrictions are expected to remain in areas designated higher-risk red and orange zones, and rules will still depend on local health data.

What about travel?

The government has not yet announced any plans to relax the current restrictions on travel to Italy..

The tourism minister last week suggested June 2nd as a possible date for restarting non-essential travel, however this has not been confirmed.

Testing and quarantine are currently required for almost all arrivals, and these requirements are expected to stay in place for many travellers as Italy's vaccine rollout remains slower than in countries such as the UK and US.

For more information on the restrictions please see the Italian Health Ministry’s website (in English).



The Local Italy 2021/04/29 10:07

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Please log in to leave a comment. 2021/04/20 08:29
Why keep the curfew?? That seems ridiculous

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