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Italy pushes back Covid curfew to 11pm and makes six regions low-risk 'white' zones

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Italy pushes back Covid curfew to 11pm and makes six regions low-risk 'white' zones
People look at the Piazza del Popolo from the Pincio, in Rome on November 7, 2020. - Italy has established a curfew starting from today on the whole national territory from 10 pm to 5 am, aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

Italy approved a new curfew on Monday allowing people to circulate in the evenings one hour longer after the country saw its lowest coronavirus deaths in months.

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The 10pm-5am curfew, which has been in effect across Italy since November, will be pushed back to 11pm effective immediately from May 18th.

The curfew - intended to discourage social gatherings that could risk new coronavirus infections - will then be pushed back to midnight on June 7, and eliminated entirely on June 21 in the so-called 'yellow' zones where it is in effect, a government official confirmed.

Meanwhile in-restaurant dining will be allowed until 6pm from June 1st under new rules.

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Italy began its long awaited reopening late last month, allowing restaurants and bars to operate outside and doing away with interregional travel restrictions in most of the country.

Italy has been divided into different coloured zones indicating the level of coronavirus restrictions they must follow based on health data, with 'red' being the highest-risk zones, followed by orange and yellow. Most of Italy is currently considered yellow.

Monday's measures also saw six different regions being made minimal-risk 'white' zones, where only mask-wearing and social distancing applies: Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Molise and Sardinia, as of June 1, and Abruzzo, Veneto and Liguria a week later.

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The new measures come amid encouraging health data in recent weeks while the pace of vaccinations has picked up.

Sunday's 93 Covid-19-related deaths was the lowest figure seen since October. The health ministry recorded 140 deaths on Monday.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi has faced pressure in recent weeks from the far-right, which has been pushing for the country to open up more quickly, including getting rid of the curfew entirely.

Beaches officially opened at the weekend, and European Union tourists were allowed entry into the country on Sunday without the need to quarantine for five days.

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Anonymous 2021/05/19 10:14
Does anyone know whether a family from Switzerland, Germany or France can drive to Tuscany through the night to a pre-booked villa rental so they can arrive early the following day?
Anonymous 2021/05/18 18:20
I have a question. Am I right that tourists can travel around Italy in white or yellow zones without restriction? Do we need the green pass and if so how do we go about getting that? Maybe they give us something when we enter the country? We plan to travel by train to places like Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, and Bologna. I want to make sure we are not breaking any rules!
  • Anonymous 2021/05/19 06:24
    You only need a green pass if moving into an orange or red region, travel in White or Yellow is restriction free. http://www.italia.it/en/useful-info/covid-19-updates-information-for-tourists.html The official Italian tourist website has the latest rules.

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