Coronavirus: Vademecum based on the recent Decrees of 9th/11th March 2020
NB. Please note that Decree March 11, 2020 has established new rules and, therefore, some of the provisions established by Decree March 9, 2020 stop producing their effects starting from March 12, 2020 (date of entering into force of Decree March 11, 2020). Please read here below for the latest provisions established by the aforementioned Decrees.
Here’s a list of the Decrees issued by the Italian Government
People are requested to stay at home and avoid unnecessary moving about.
Travelling is allowed in the following cases:
– For normal professional or working activity which cannot be carried out by ‘smart -working ‘ at home
– For necessity (e.g. buying food, or medicine, or caring for grandchildren or elderly parents.)
– For reasons related to health care
- For returning to one’s home, domicile, or place of residence
Wheter you are travelling on foot, by public transport, or private vehicle, you must have with you a duly compilled form, which is called “autodichiarazione” provided by the government, to justify your beeing out of your home. False statements will be liable to criminal charges including pecuniary sanctions and incarceration.
Until March 25th (or further notice), the only stores that will be open are the ones listed in the Decree March 11, 2020 Appendix 1 and 2 (e.g. supermarkets, pharmacies, parapharmacies, places selling food, post office, tabacco shops, computers stores, newsstands), . This includes neighborhood stores and markets as well as medium and large-sized supermarkets. Establishments selling or serving food and drinks in hospitals, aeroports, train stations, rest-stops along the highways and similar will remain open.
All activities are suspended in places where people gather such as pubs, dance schools, arcades, discoteques, bingo halls and betting establishments.
Suspended: recreational activity
Sports centers, gyms, swimming pools, health and fitness, cultural, social and recreational centers are closed*.
Suspended: cultural activities
All theaters, cinemas, libraries and other places devoted to cultural activities are closed.
Suspended: shopping centers
Only the stores listed in the Decree March 11, 2020 Appendix 1, should be open (e.g. supermarkets, pharmacy, post office), until March 25th.
All civil and religious ceremonies, including funerals, have been suspended.
Suspended: schools and universities
All schools –from nursery schools to universities– have been closed until April 3rd.
Suspended: sports events
All sports events and competitions both amateur and professional have been suspended.
All organized demonstrations and big events have been suspended.
Suspended: bars and restaurants
Bars (including snack bars and cafes) and restaurants which were allowed to be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m under the previous March 9th Decree, are now closed until March 25th according to the subsequent March 11th Decree. Home food delivery is allowed provided that eateries respect the health measures in place.
1. Can I do my grocery shopping in another town? (‘Comune’)
You must do your shopping near your home.
2. Can I go to a friend’s home for dinner or for reasons other than those set down in the Decree?
No, you are only allowed to go out and about for reasons related to work, health or necessity (e.g. going to the grocery store or pharmacy.)
3. Can a grandparent go to the home of their grandchildren, in or out of town, to look after them while their parents are working?
Yes, this is considered movement due to necessity.
4. Can separated parents go to the home of their ex-partner to pick up their children?
Yes, this is a necessity.
5. Can an employee go out to go to work?
Yes, going out to get to work is allowed. However, you must have the government form (autodichiarazione) duly filled out with you and be able to prove your situation. False statements will be liable to criminal charges including pecuniary sanctions and incarceration.
6. Can an artisan, free-lance or professional worker leave home to go to work?
Yes, going out to work is allowed. However, you must download and fill-in the government form (see above) to prove your need to move about. False statements will be liable to criminal charges including pecuniary sanctions and incarceration.
7. Can a self-employed professional circulate freely?
No, only for demonstrable work-related necessity.
8. Can a person with elderly parents go to their home to care for them.
Yes, this falls under the category of a necessity.
9. Can I leave the house to take a walk?
Yes, but not in crowded places. You must not form groups and must maintain a distance of 1meter between yourself and others.
10. Can I go to the park?
Yes, as long as the park is not crowded and the people don’t form groups and keep 1 meter apart. NB. Many parks, Villas, public areas, playgrounds and similar have been recently closed in most Italian cities.
In Rome with Oridinanza March 13, 2020 no. 56
In Bergamo with Ordinanza March 10, 2020 no 11.