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COVID-19 Decree of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers on urgent measures to combat and contain the Coronavirus



COVID-19 Decree of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers on urgent  measures to combat and contain the Coronavirus

COVID-19. Information for Italians and foreigners in light of the recent measures adopted by the Italian Government

 The Italian authorities have adopted new measures to tackle the Covid-19 virus. By Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers dated 9 March 2020, the measures originally implemented only in selected Italian provinces have now been extended to the whole Italian territory. In particular:

 1. People are requested to avoid any unnecessary movement within the national territory as well as to avoid entering or leaving the  country. Exceptions are admitted only for proven work or health-related reasons, and in emergency cases (self-certification form). It is allowed to return to one’s own place of residence.

 2. Limitations for public establishments are still valid, although essential services are guaranteed. Events, entertainments, sport competitions and all public or private activities entailing public gatherings are suspended. Schools, universities and museums are temporarily closed.

 3. It is recommended to respect a distance of at least one meter between one person and another.

 4. The original red zones introduced by the earlier Decrees are not in place anymore. The rules are applied uniformly all over the  country and are effective from March 10th until April 3rd.

 These further measures, inspired by the principle of maximum prevention and based upon scientific assessments, would impact substantially on the lives of residents as well as on the Italian economy; nevertheless they are deemed necessary to protect public health.

 In light of these provisions, hereby are some information for the Italians abroad and foreign citizens:

 - Italian nationals temporarily abroad as well as foreigners residing in Italy can return to their homes in Italy.

 - Foreigners and Italians residing abroad are allowed to leave Italy to return to their place of residence.

 - Entering and leaving Italy for proven work reasons is allowed.

 - Under the present circumstances traveling to Italy for tourism must be avoided. Also to foreigners, once they are in Italy, the same measures described above with regard to the restriction of the freedom of movement in the entire national territory will apply, with the described exceptions for proven work and health-related reasons and emergency cases.

 For further clarifications, please check the FAQ page on the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.