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MAP: Which parts of Italy are now Covid-19 ‘white zones’?

As almost all Italian regions are declared low-risk coronavirus 'white' zones from Monday, here's a closer look at what that means for residents and visitors.

MAP: Which parts of Italy are now Covid-19 'white zones'?
Tourists stroll across the Ponte della Paglia bridge by the Doge's palace in Venice. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP)

This article was last updated on June 19th

Almost all remaining ‘yellow’ zones are being downgraded to the lowest risk classification ‘white’ zone status as of Monday June 21st.

The regions of Tuscany, Marche, Campania, Calabria, Basilicata, Sicily and the Autonomous Province of Bolzano will move from their yellow category, joining the rest of the country’s ‘white zones’.

The only area to remain a ‘yellow zone’ will be the northern region of Valle d’Aosta.

Under ‘white zone’ rules, regions can drop most of the restrictions currently in place in yellow zones, including the midnight curfew and the remaining restrictions on businesses and events.

READ ALSO: Delta variant in Italy: What’s the risk of another Covid-19 surge?

The health ministry confirmed the changes on Friday after its weekly coronavirus monitoring report showed Italy’s coronavirus numbers remained low last week.

Italy is divided into different-coloured zones indicating the level of coronavirus restrictions in place, with ‘red’ being the highest-risk zones, followed by orange and yellow. All regions are currently white or yellow. 

Here’s the picture for Italy’s Covid-19 zones from June 21st:

Red zone: No regions
Orange zone: No regions
Yellow zone: Valle d’Aosta
White zone: Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Molise, Sardinia, Abruzzo, Liguria, Umbria, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Lazio, Lombardy, Piedmont, Autonomous Province of Trento, Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Marche, Autonomous Province of Bolzano, Sicily, Tuscany.

The map below shows how the country is divided:

What are the ‘white zone’ rules?

Regions are allowed to move into the low-restriction white zone if they have registered fewer than 50 coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants for three weeks consecutively.

They also need to show other positive indicators, including a reproduction rate (Rt) under 1.

Italy in January added the ‘white’ tier to its system of coronavirus restrictions for the parts of the country where the coronavirus risk is lowest. 

So far, only mask-wearing and social distancing rules must remain in place in white zones, the health minister has said.

Regions in the white zone will be able to drop the last remaining restrictions, and reopen trade fairs, theme parks, conferences and indoor swimming pools and hold weddings earlier than planned under the national roadmap for reopening.

For now, nightclubs and discos are still waiting for a firm date for reopening, and it is not known if or when Italy may relax the rules on wearing masks outdoors.

And the final set of rules in each region depends on the local authority, as each is free to impose stricter restrictions than those set by the national government.

The Italian health ministry on Friday meanwhile announced it will reinstate a mandatory quarantine requirement for all UK arrivals from Monday amid concerns about the spreading Delta coronavirus variant.

Member comments

  1. There’s still no availability of free vaccines for everyone. We’ve been unable to apply for ASL due to lockdown.
    Staggering, but not surprising the obstacles to healthcare.

  2. This is not according to the ministero di salute, Piemonte is white as as below

    Complessivamente, quindi, la ripartizione delle Regioni e Province Autonome nelle diverse aree in base ai livelli di rischio a partire dal 7 giugno 2021 è la seguente:

    area rossa: (nessuna Regione e Provincia autonoma)
    area arancione: (nessuna Regione e Provincia Autonoma)
    area gialla: Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Marche, Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano, Sicilia, Toscana, Valle d’Aosta
    area bianca: Abruzzo, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardia, Molise, Piemonte, Provincia Autonoma di Trento, Puglia,Sardegna, Umbria, Veneto

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Italy allows suspended anti-vax doctors to return to work

Italian heathcare staff suspended over their refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19 can now return to work, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni confirmed on Monday.

Italy allows suspended anti-vax doctors to return to work

Italy become the first country in Europe to make it obligatory for healthcare workers to be vaccinated, ruling in 2021 that they must have the jab or be transferred to other roles or suspended without pay.

That obligation had been set to expire in December, but was brought forward to Tuesday due to “a shortage of medical and health personnel”, Health Minister Orazio Schillaci said.

READ ALSO: Is Italy’s government planning to scrap all Covid measures?

Italy was the first European country to be hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020, and has since registered nearly 180,000 deaths.

Schillaci first announced the plan to scrap the rule on Friday in a statement saying data showed the virus’ impact on hospitals  “is now limited”.

Those who refuse vaccination will be “reintegrated” into the workforce before the rule expires at the end of this year, as part of what the minister called a “gradual return to normality”.

Meloni said the move, which has been criticised by the centre-left as a win for anti-vax campaigners, would mean some 4,000 healthcare workers can return to work.

This includes some 1,579 doctors and dentists refusing vaccination, according to records at the end of October, representing 0.3 percent of all those registered with Italy’s National Federation of the Orders of Physicians, Surgeons and Dentists (Fnomceo) 

Meloni’s post-fascist Brothers of Italy party railed against the way Mario Draghi’s government handled the pandemic, when it was the main opposition party, and she promised to use her first cabinet meetings to mark a clear break in policies with her predecessor.