ICTP's COVID-19 Response

Precautions taken to prevent spread of virus

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Italian Government Actions

NOTE: Decrees and travel restrictions are frequently changing. Here ICTP summarizes the latest government decrees, while earlier ones are archived in this pdf. For the latest Italian travel restrictions, visit the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html.

18 December

New decree concerning health restrictions during holiday period

5 December

New ordinance from the Friuli Venezia Giulia region

3 December 2020

New decree issued by Italy

23 November 2020

New ordinance from the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. Here is a link to the Regione's information portal on the Coronavirus.

15 November 2020

The Host Government has announced the latest classification of Regions by color, in accordance with their respective epidemiological situation and level of risk. Please note that the region that ICTP is in, Friuli Venezia Giulia, has been reclassified to the Orange Zone.  Zone reclassifications are as follows: 

Yellow zones:  Zones classified as having a 'moderate' risk have only the below (see bottom of message) standard measures in place. These regions have been established as the following: Lazio, Molise, Sardinia, Veneto and the province of Trento.  

Orange Zones: ​Zones classified as having an 'elevated' risk have the below additional lockdown measures in place. These regions have been established as the following: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Marche, Puglia, Sicily, and Umbria.

  • Nobody is allowed in or out of the region, except for work, health or other urgent reasons; for school attendance as allowed by the present decree; or to return to one's legal residence. Passing through orange zones to reach one's legal residence is allowed.
  • Likewise, leaving one's municipality is also not allowed, except for the above stated reasons.
  • Foodservice activities (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops) are suspended. However, delivery continues to be allowed at all times and takeaway until 22:00. Foodservice activities at rest stops along highways, in hospitals, and in airports may continue. 

Red Zones: ​Zones classified as having the 'maximum' risk of contagion have the below additional lockdown measures in place. These regions have been established as the following: Calabria, Campania, Lombardy, Piedmont, Tuscany, Valle D'Aosta and the province of Bolzano.

  • All movements are prohibited (either within the region or in/out of the region) except for work, health or other urgent reasons; for school attendance as allowed by the present decree; or to return to one's legal residence. Passing through red zones to reach one's legal residence is allowed.
  • Commercial activities are suspended, with the exception of those selling foodstuffs and basic necessities specified in the Annex 23 of the attached latest decree. Markets are also closed, with the exception of stands exclusively selling foodstuffs. Newsstands, tobacco shops, and pharmacies remain open.
  • Pre-school and primary school teaching activities will continue to be held in person, but secondary schools (from the 2nd year of middle school) and higher education will adopt distance learning for 100% of activities.
  • Foodservice activities (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops) are suspended. However, delivery continues to be allowed at all times and takeaway until 22:00. Foodservice activities at rest stops along highways, in hospitals, and in airports may continue.
  • Outdoor sports clubs and centers are closed.
  • Individual outdoor exercise is exclusively allowed in the near vicinity of one's residence and with the use of a mask
  • Personal services are suspended, with the exception of those listed in Annex 24.
  • Public employers shall reduce in-person activities to those that cannot be postponed and cannot be performed remotely.

Standard measures applicable nation-wide except where stricter in Orange & Red Zones (just as a reminder):

  • Curfew: Between 22:00-5:00, exclusively persons with valid work (e.g. commuting to/from work), health or other urgent reasons may be out. Such persons will need to be prepared to justify their outing through a self-certification form available here. In any case, it is strongly recommended at any point of the day that persons do not leave their homes except for work, health or other urgent reasons OR to engage in physical activity or to make use of any ongoing services.
  • Masks: It continues to be mandatory to have a mask on one's person at all times, to be worn in public both in enclosed areas and outdoors, except in cases where social distancing is continuously guaranteed. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or while consuming food or beverages. The use of masks is strongly recommended in one's own residence in the presence of visitors.
  • Social distancing continues to be required; 1 meter interpersonal distance at all times!
  • The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures, which continue to be priorities.
  • Self-isolation continues to be mandatory for persons exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory infection with a fever (above 37.5 degrees); such individuals must remain at home and contact their doctor.
  • Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible.
  • Events:

--Sports events: of national or international interest may continue, but without the presence of an audience.
--Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas are closed. Both indoor and outdoor shows are banned.
--Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit.
--Parties: Parties are prohibited, including those following civil or religious ceremonies. It is strongly recommended that visitors are not received in private residences, except for work or emergencies.
--Trade shows and exhibitions of any nature are prohibited.

  • Food services (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops): Food service activities are allowed between 5:00-18:00. Tables may have a maximum of 4 occupants. After 18:00, the consumption of food or beverages is prohibited in spaces open to the public (whether indoors or outdoors). Delivery services continue to be allowed. Takeaway services are allowed until 22:00, with consumption of takeaway at or near establishments being prohibited.
  • Schools: Pre-school and primary school teaching activities will continue to be held in person, but secondary schools and higher education will adopt distance learning for 100% of activities. 
  • The following types of venues are closed:

--Streets or squares in urban centers prone to the formation of crowds may be closed all or part of the day, though allowing access to legitimate commercial activities and private residences.
Shopping centers, malls, and markets on weekends and holidays; pharmacies, newsstands, tobacco shops and shops selling foodstuffs inside shopping centers and markets may remain open.
--Gyms, pools, sports centers, Wellness centers, and spas. Cultural and recreational centers may continue to operate with any gym or pool areas closed. Sports activities may continue to be carried out in outdoors sports centers and clubs as long as social distancing requirements are respected. 
--Museums and other cultural institutions
--Ski areas
--Amusement parks, Arcades, betting rooms, bingo halls, and casinos (and such activities are prohibited in any other type of facility)
--Dance halls and nightclubs whether indoors or outdoors

  • Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed only for professional leagues and leagues recognized by the national Olympic committee.
  • Contact sports: Training for children and youth's amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed.
  • Public protests: are allowed only in static form and if social distancing is respected
  • Services to individuals may continue to be allowed as long as safety protocols are followed and only if regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories
  • Public transit: Trains, trams, and buses may be filled to a maximum of 50% capacity
  • Cruises: Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships are suspended

4 November 2020

The Host Government has issued a new legislative decree. It replaces the provisions of the 24 October decree and is in effect from 6 November - 3 December 2020.

The full texts (in Italian) of the decree and 2 Annexes are available here, and a concise leaflet in Italian is available here. An English translation of the decree and annexes is here.

Please note that the use of different color zones (Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red) has been introduced across the country, with each region receiving a classification in accordance with their respective epidemiological situation and level of risk. These classifications are subject to periodical review and the implications are described in the sections below.

The following modifications should be noted:

  • Curfew:  Between 22:00-5:00, exclusively persons with valid work (e.g. commuting to/from work), health or other urgent reasons may be out. Such persons will need to be prepared to justify their outing through a self-certification form available here  <https://www.interno.gov.it/sites/default/files/2020-10/modello_autodichiarazione_editabile_ottobre_2020.pdf>. In any case, it is strongly recommended at any point of the day  that persons do not leave their homes except for work, health or other urgent reasons OR to engage in physical activity or to make use of any ongoing services.
  • Streets or squares in urban centers prone to the formation of crowds may be closed all or part of the day, though allowing access to legitimate commercial activities and private residences.
  • Schools: Pre-school and primary school teaching activities will   continue to be held in person, but secondary schools and higher   education will adopt distance learning for 100% of activities.
  • Shopping centers: Commercial activities may continue as long as an  interpersonal distance of 1 meter is ensured, entrances are regulated, and customers are not allowed to remain inside longer  than the time needed to make a purchase. However, malls, shopping  centers, and markets are closed on weekends and holidays; pharmacies, newsstands, tobacco shops and shops selling foodstuffs inside shopping centers and markets may remain open.
  • Arcades, betting rooms, bingo halls, and casinos are closed and such activities are prohibited in any other type of facility.
  • Museums and other cultural institutions are closed.
  • Public transit: Trains, trams, and buses may be filled to a maximum of 50% capacity.
  • Cruises: Cruise services of Italian-flagged passenger ships are suspended.

Yellow zones: Zones classified as having a 'moderate' risk have all of the above standard measures in place. These regions (in reality, all the regions in Italy that have not been classified as Orange or Red)have been established as the following: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Campania, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Tuscany, Molise, Marche, Sardinia, Umbria, Veneto and the provinces of Trento and Bolzano. 

Orange Zones:​ Zones classified as having an 'elevated' risk have the below additional lockdown measures in place. Theser egions have been established as the following: Puglia and Sicily.

  • Nobody is allowed in or out of the region, except for work,  health or other urgent reasons; for school attendance as allowed  by the present decree; or to return to one's legal residence. Passing through orange zones to reach one's legal residence is  allowed.
  • Likewise, leaving one's municipality is also not allowed, except for the above stated reasons.
  • Foodservice activities (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops) are suspended. However, delivery continues to be allowed at all times and takeaway until 22:00. Foodservice activities at rest stops along highways, in hospitals, and in airports may continue.


Red Zones: ​Zones classified as having the 'maximum' risk of contagion have the below additional lockdown measures in place. These regions have been established as the following:
Lombardy, Piedmont, Calabria and Valle D'Aosta.

  • All movements are prohibited (either within the region or in/out of the region) except for work, health or other urgent reasons; for school attendance as allowed by the present decree; or to return to one's legal residence. Passing through red zones to reach one's legal residence is allowed.
  • Commercial activities are suspended, with the exception of those selling foodstuffs and basic necessities specified in the attached Annex 1. Markets are also closed, with the exception of  stands exclusively selling foodstuffs. Newsstands, tobacco shops, and pharmacies remain open.
  • Pre-school and primary school teaching activities will continue  to be held in person, but secondary schools (from the 2nd year  of middle school) and higher education will adopt distance learning for 100% of activities.
  • Foodservice activities (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops) are suspended. However, delivery continues to be allowed at all times and takeaway until 22:00. Foodservice activities at rest stops along highways, in hospitals, and in airports may continue.
  • Outdoor sports clubs and centers are closed.
  • Individual outdoor exercise is exclusively allowed in the near  vicinity of one's residence and with the use of a mask
  • Personal services are suspended, with the exception of those listed in Annex 24. Activities suspended include hair salons, barber shops, and beauty salons.
  • Public employers shall reduce in-person activities to those that cannot be postponed and cannot be performed remotely.


International travel restrictions remain UNCHANGED.

Please note that for detailed and specific requirements for entering Italy you should visit and consult this link <https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.htm> from the Italian Ministry of foreign Affairs, which will be updated shortly in accordance with the provisions of the new legislative Decree.

The following key points remain the same, but should also be noted:

Masks: It continues to be mandatory to have a mask on one's person at all times, to be worn in public both in enclosed areas and outdoors, except in cases where social distancing is continuously guaranteed. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or while consuming food or beverages. The use of masks is strongly recommended in one's own residence in the presence of visitors.

Social distancing continues to be required; 1 meter interpersonal distance at all times.

The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures, which continue to be priorities.

Self-isolation continues to be mandatory for persons exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory infection with a fever (above 37.5 degrees); such individuals must remain at home and contact their doctor.

Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible.

Amusement parks are closed.

Gyms, pools, sports centers, Wellness centers, and spas are closed. Cultural and recreational centers may continue to operate with any gym or pool areas closed. Sports activities may continue to be carried out in outdoors sports centers and clubs as long as social distancing requirements are respected.

Events:

  • Sports events: of national or international interest may continue, but without the presence of an audience.
  • Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas are closed. Both indoor and outdoor shows are banned.
  • Parties: Parties are prohibited, including those following civil or religious ceremonies. It is strongly recommended that visitors are not received in private residences, except for work or emergencies.
  • Trade shows and exhibitions of any nature are prohibited.

Food services (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops): Food service activities are allowed between 5:00-18:00. Tables may have a maximum of 4 occupants. After 18:00, the consumption of food or beverages is prohibited in spaces open to the public (whether indoors or outdoors). Delivery services continue to be allowed. Takeaway services are allowed until 22:00, with consumption of takeaway at or near establishments being prohibited.

Ski areas are closed.

Outdoor exercise: May be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are allowed only for professional leagues and leagues recognized by the national Olympic committee.

Contact sports: Training for children and youth's amateur leagues for contact sports is allowed on an individual basis only; no matches are allowed. No contact sport activities of a purely recreational nature are allowed.

Public protests: are allowed only in static form and if social distancing is respected.

Conferences and conventions may only take place through remote modalities. Public entities will exclusively hold meetings through remote modalities and private entities are strongly recommended to follow suit.

Dance halls and nightclubs remain suspended, whether indoors or outdoors.

Services to individuals may continue to be allowed as long as safety protocols are followed and only if regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories.

 

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