What changes from Monday in Italy’s Covid ‘yellow’ zones?

Some of Italy’s coronavirus restrictions are being eased from Monday in regions designated ‘yellow’ zones. Here’s a closer look at what changes and where.

What changes from Monday in Italy’s Covid 'yellow' zones?
Restaurants in Rome are poised to reopen on Monday for outdoor table service. Photo: Alberto PIZZOLI/AFP

Restrictions change across most – but not all – of Italy as the government’s new ‘reopening’ decree comes into force on Monay April 26th.

Rule changes only apply to areas classed as lower-risk ‘yellow’ zones under the nation’s tiered system of restrictions 

The majority of Italy’s 20 regions and autonomous provinces turn yellow from Monday, after the latest health data released on Friday showed the coronavirus infection rate was falling in most of the country.

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

Five regions remain under the moderate-risk ‘orange’ zone rules: Basilicata, Calabria, Puglia, Sicily and Valle d’Aosta.

The only region to stay in the highest-risk red zone is Sardinia.

All other regions are yellow, meaning certain restrictions are relaxed.

Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP

What changes in yellow zones from Monday:

After weeks of being limited to takeaways and deliveries only, you’ll now be able to go out for a meal if you live in a yellow zone.

Restaurants, bars and ice-cream shops will be able to serve customers at both lunch and dinner – but only at outdoor tables, and businesses must close in time for the 10pm curfew.

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

Art galleries and museums are allowed to reopen. Cinemas and theatre shows will be allowed outdoors. Indoor showings can also go ahead, but will have their capacity limited to 50 percent. 

All shops can stay open in yellow zones. 

Outdoor sports will also be allowed.


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

However, the 10pm-5am curfew remains in place nationwide.

For residents of higher-risk red and orange zones, not much changes from Monday.

It will however be possible to travel to and from red and orange zone regions for non-essential reasons if using a new travel pass, the government announced.

Further gradual easing of the restrictions is scheduled over the next few weeks, as long as the overall health situation continues to improve.

Beach clubs and swimming pools can reopen in mid-May, while gyms must wait until June 1st under the government’s plan.

Find out where to get the latest information for your region of Italy here.

Member comments

  1. I think plenty of people believe “in this stuff”. Italians have been pretty good at distancing and keeping their masks on.
    Curfews are silly? Say that to those who lost loved ones while dinners went deep into the night. They also serve to contain the young party crowd from bringing home the virus to the nonni, many of whom got the virus that way.
    Shame on you for being so ignorant. Just talk to a doctor who has seen it all or pass by a Covid ward…

  2. This was Sarah’s response (which she seemed in her shame to have erased):
    Shame on you for assuming anything, as usual, about me. I work in healthcare, oncology, and know quite well Virology. I’m not a sheep and neither are any of my medical colleagues. Curfews are people control measures, Italy already had >20%+ of their population is uber elderly, and many died of other causes. My own father-in-law was one of them. He was the 7th elderly patient picked up at our house nearby Milan and taken to the funeral home that morning 2 months ago. We called them at 8am! None of those patients/people died. This was a normal day for the funeral home. He died of dementia, and we watched like a HAWK to make sure he was not marked as that happens so much. Many cases of that here at our home in Florida too. Stop being a sheep.

    Here is my new response:
    Just like Trump’s Covid coordinator Alex Azar (who had nothing to do with virology), Sarah pretends to know something about virology because she works in “health care, oncology”.
    The fact is that in Europe months ago, not so much now, many people died of “natural causes” of old age despite having all the symptoms of Covid. They were not even added to the Covid death tolls. An analysis (yes, facts!) by a major newspaper (yup, the main stream media!) compared deaths in 2019 for the 3 months from March 2019 with those same three months in 2020, a time in which Italy was in lockdown. The large rise in deaths, much undercounted by the government especially when one considers car accidents were non existent in those 3 months of 2020 due to the lockdown makes it reasonable to deduce that many of those extra deaths were due to the pandemic.
    Sorry, but you’ll have to take your ignorance somewhere else. Despite the high vaccination rate in the US, there were still close to 1000 people dying there…but go on and party all night without a mask! Hope there are no elderly antivaxxers nearby…

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Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

The mandatory EU-wide mask requirement for air travel is set to be dropped from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still require passengers to wear masks on some or all flights

Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

Europe-wide facemask rules on flights are set to be ditched as early as next week in light of new recommendations from health and air safety experts.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) dropped recommendations for mandatory mask-wearing in airports and during flights in updated Covid-19 safety measures for travel issued on Wednesday, May 11th.

The new rules are expected to be rolled out from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still continue to require the wearing of masks on some or all of flights. And the updated health safety measures still say that wearing a face mask remains one of the best ways to protect against the transmission of the virus.

The joint EASA/ECDC statement reminded travellers that masks may still be required on flights to destinations in certain countries that still require the wearing of masks on public transport and in transport hubs.

It also recommends that vulnerable passengers should continue to wear a face mask regardless of the rules, ideally an FFP2/N95/KN95 type mask which offers a higher level of protection than a standard surgical mask.

“From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory in air travel in all cases, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport,” EASA executive director Patrick Ky said in the statement. 

“For passengers and air crews, this is a big step forward in the normalisation of air travel. Passengers should however behave responsibly and respect the choices of others around them. And a passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask, for the reassurance of those seated nearby.”  

ECDC director Andrea Ammon added: “The development and continuous updates to the Aviation Health Safety Protocol in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have given travellers and aviation personnel better knowledge of the risks of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. 

“While risks do remain, we have seen that non-pharmaceutical interventions and vaccines have allowed our lives to begin to return to normal. 

“While mandatory mask-wearing in all situations is no longer recommended, it is important to be mindful that together with physical distancing and good hand hygiene it is one of the best methods of reducing transmission. 

“The rules and requirements of departure and destination states should be respected and applied consistently, and travel operators should take care to inform passengers of any required measures in a timely manner.”