THE ITALIAN ANTI-COVID COLOUR SYSTEM
Italy has adopted a three-tier system dividing the nations 20 Regions based on a colour code as follows:
RED – High risk
ORANGE – Medium risk
YELLOW – Low risk
The Campania Region is currently considered as a Yellow Zone (as of January 2021) In Yellow zones – shops are allowed to open and restaurants and bars can serve customers until 6 pm.
Delivery/Take-away services are allowed after 6 pm. At last, various museums and monumental complexes are gradually re-opening – many of which offering free or half-price entrance fees
(including the magnificent national archaeological museum of Naples #MANN Museo Archeologico Napoli and the enchanting Park and Museum of Capodimonte – Real Bosco e Museo di Capodimonte…
THE LATEST JANUARY 2021 DECREE – DCPM
The Italian government has recently passed the latest decree-law including new Covid-19 containment measures with the State of Emergency extended until April 30th 2021. Four new ordinances were signed by the Italian Minister of Health – Roberto Speranza on January 15th 2021 with measures enforced starting from January 17th.
The breakdown of the Regions are as follows:
Yellow zones: Basilicata, Campania, Molise, Trento, Sardinia, Tuscany
Orange zones: Abruzzo, Apulia, Calabria, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Marche, Veneto, Piedmonte
Red zones: Bolzano, Lombardia, Sicilia
The main changes introduced by the new decree are as follows:
MOBILITY BETWEEN REGIONS
The decree confirms the ban already in force regarding any movements between different Regions and autonomous Provinces – with the exception of proven work requirements, health reasons or situations of necessity.
VISITING PRIVATE HOMES
A maximum of two people may travel to visit another private home once a day and between 5 am and 10 pm. The two persons travelling may take children under 14 years of age or any disabled or dependent persons who live with them. It is recommended to use a protective mask if non-cohabiting people are present.
Italy is maintaining extensive international travel restrictions. Travellers from the UK have been barred from entry since December 23rd 2020 – unless they are official residents of Italy or travelling for essential reasons that must be declared in writing. Travellers must present proof of a negative Covid-19 test result taken not other than 72 hours before departure and to take another test upon arrival in Italy. People arriving from the UK are required to present themselves to their local health authorities in Italy and self-isolate for at least 14 days – regardless of the test results. This requirement also applies to travellers from all EU countries and all international arrivals (except those from San Marino and the Vatican) and they must complete a self-declaration form prior to arrival.
A new ordinance has been signed on January 18th 2021 to ban flights from Brazil and against entry for those who have transited through Brazil in the last 14 days.
THE 3 FUNDAMENTAL RULES
To protect yourself and others from contagion
<• Always use a mask – indoors and outdoors unless you are alone or with cohabiting persons
<• Maintain a distance of at least one-metre from other people
<• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol based solutions
NATIONWIDE MEASURES include:
Masks MUST be worn in all outdoor and indoor public spaces (Children under six years of age are exempt)
Public transport is limited to operate with a 50-percent capacity
Any form of crowding or gatherings consisting of more than six persons are considered as prohibited
Shopping Centres will remain closed on weekends
The authorities have also confirmed the night time curfew – currently active from 10 pm to 5 am
The travel ban between regions is in act until February 15th 2021
INFO/RULES OF CONDUCT – IN CASE OF SYMPTOMS OR DOUBTS ABOUT HEALTH CONDITIONS
If you have symptoms such as fever (over 37.5°), breathing difficulty or coughing
stay at home and limit all contacts
Do NOT go to the hospital or Doctor but call your medical guard (Guardia Medica) or the regional toll-free numbers:
From Italy – 1500
From abroad – +39 02 32008345/ 02 89619015
Campania region – 800 90 96 99
Contact the emergency numbers 112 or 118 only if strictly necessary.
If you do prove to be subject to “quarantine” isolation measures by testing positive to the Covid-19 virus – then you are strictly prohibited to move from your home/residence.
For detailed information consult your local Embassy, Consulate and the Italian Health board – Ministero della Salute website – with links in English on: salute.gov.it
Please note: Italian authorities may impose, extend or further tighten any restrictions with little-to-no-notice – depending on disease activity and in response to developments regarding the Covid-19 strain
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PUBLISHED by My Country magazine, Naples- Italy January 20th 2021 – LAST UPDATE January 20th 2021