ICTP's COVID-19 Response

Precautions taken to prevent spread of virus


The situation concerning the COVID-19 virus in Italy is changing rapidly. ICTP has created these web pages to inform its community of actions it is taking in response to this emergency situation, and to provide resources to our international community about the virus and about Italian Government actions to stem the spread of the disease. For questions or concerns about ICTP during this period, please contact us at Coordination-COVID-19@ictp.it.

NOTE: Italian restrictions on movement outside the home are changing almost daily. Please check the link to the left, "Italian Government Actions", for the latest updates.

Latest actions:

  • 17 MAY: The Friuli Venezia Giulia Region announced that it will impose some changes to the national decree; one of the most obvious modifications is that wearing masks is and will continue to be MANDATORY also outside the buildings (on the roads), not simply recommended.
  • 17 MAY: Italy issues new decree detailing easing of restrictions; details here
  • 3 MAY: The Friuli Venezia Giulia Region has issued an ordinance (Italian).
  • 3 MAY: Italy issues new self declaration form; previous version of form is still valid.
  • 2 MAY: Italy releases FAQs related to 26 April decree, clarifying the changes that will take place as of 4 May.
  • 26 APRIL: A new decree has been issued (Italian; unofficial English summary). Movement will be restricted to within one's own region, in line with specific constraints. Journeys outside one's region will only be permitted for work, health, or other urgent needs. A self certification form will still be required when you leave your home, but there will be a new version. Walks with your children, as well as jogging and physical exercise will be permitted also outside the immediate vicinity of your home, as long as it is not in groups. Use of masks will be mandatory on public transportation. Commercial activities will gradually resume with precautionary social distancing measures. Take-out  from restaurants will be allowed from 4 May. 
  • 26 APRIL: The Friuli Venezia Giulia Region has issued an ordinance (Italian) easing restrictions on, among several topics, outdoor activity, beginning 27 April.
  • 24 APRIL: Work environment safety measures protocol related to COVID-19.
  • 13 APRIL: The Friuli Venezia Giulia Region has issued an ordinance (Italian) requiring the use of face masks or personal safety devices covering the nose and the mouth together throughout the regional territory whenever you leave home.
  • 10 APRIL: Current measures thus far enforced by the Government to contain COVID-19 will remain in effect until 3 May throughout the entire country. Only selected, essential activities and services will be authorized to re-open as of next week.
  • 3 APRIL: The Friuli Venezia Giulia Region requires covering the mouth and nose together with using single use plastic gloves when in markets and in food shops.
  • 1 APRIL: The Italian Minister of Health has announced that all current measures enforced by the Government to contain COVID-19 will remain in effect until 13 April throughout the entire country.
  • 28 MARCH: New ordinance regarding travellers to Italy.

ICTP's COVID-19 Precautions

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ICTP has decided to cancel all conferences, schools, and workshops taking place on its Trieste campus until mid-June; seminars are canceled until further notice.
More details are available on our Scientific Calendar web-page.

In addition, ICTP has decided to close all of its buildings and disable the badges until further notice. If you need to enter a building in order to pick up documents, you should call the Security Guards (040 22 40 606) or send a message to secur_mb@ictp.it in order to request this.

Degree programmes are currently offered only online. Diploma students are encouraged to contact their coordinators, while ICTP PhD students and postdocs should feel free to contact their supervisors with any questions about the situation in Italy and at ICTP.

Until 3 May, all ICTP scientists and staff are teleworking.

Other actions ICTP has taken, as well as summaries of Italian government decrees, are summarized at the links to the left.