Coronavirus in Italy: the Decree of April 1 extends the lockdown until April 13, 2020

Coronavirus in Italy: the Decree of April 1 extends the lockdown until April 13, 2020

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President Conte has announced that he has signed the DPCM which extends until April 13, 2020 the measures taken so far to contain the epidemiological contagion from Covid-19 (lockdown).

In details, art. 1 of the Decree (“Urgent measures to contain the contagion”), establishes that

“1.The effectiveness of the provisions of the Decrees by the President of the Council of Ministers of 8, 9, 11 and 22 March 2020, as well as those set down in the Ordinance of the Minister of Health of 20 March 2020 and the Ordinance of 28 March 2020 adopted by the Minister of Health in agreement with the Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation still effective on 3 April 2020 is extended until 13 April 2020.

2. Point d) of Article 1 of the Decree of 8 March 2020 by the Prime Minister is replaced by the following “d) sporting events and competitions of any order and discipline, in public or private places, shall be suspended. The training sessions of athletes, both professional and non-professional, within sports facilities of any kind shall also be suspended;”.

3. The provisions of this decree shall take effect as from 4 April 2020.

4. The provisions of this decree shall apply to the Special Statute Regions and the Autonomous Provinces of Trento and Bolzano in accordance with their respective statutes and implementing rules.”

In short, the decree confirms the already existing measures with an extension that will start on 4 April and will remain in effect until 13 April, (Easter Monday). The lockdown therefore remains in force with the closure of schools, stores, and all non-essential activities, while everything that is allowed must be done by keeping a distance of at least one meter from others and, preferably, by wearing a mask. The decree also introduces a new restrictive measure consisting of the suspension of sporting events and competitions and training sessions for sportsmen and sportswomen.

With reference to the possibility of going out for a walk with children, President Conte during the press conference for the presentation of the decree, in response to a question from a journalist, specified that: “we have not at all authorized walking time with the children. We only said that when a parent goes shopping a child can also go out with them. But it must not be an opportunity to go for a stroll and have a loosening of the restrictive measures”.
The words of the President are therefore in contrast with a “Circolare” (Memo) of the Viminale (Ministry of the Interior) of March 31, 2020 which had expressly established that it is “allowed for one parent only to walk with their minor children as this activity can be traced back to outdoor activities, as long as they are near their home”.

You can run, ride a bike and do gymnastic exercises, but on your own and only near your home. In any case, keep a distance of one metre from all other people. Parks, public gardens, playgrounds and play areas remain closed. It is allowed to take the dog out for a walk but always remaining close to your home and in any case for a limited time, and to go out to see the doctor or to have medical examinations.

During the same press conference President Conte also said, “Well, we are not in a position, I want to make it clear, to be able to loosen the restrictive measures we have put in place. We are not in a position to alleviate the inconvenience and spare the sacrifices to which we are subjected”.

He went on saying, “We are always in close contact with the experts of the Technical-Scientific Committee, who inform us that we are beginning to see the positive effects of the restrictive measures adopted so far. But, I repeat, we are not yet in a position to begin to embrace a different perspective”.

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