Italy in Autumn 2020
How is the corona crisis in Italy going in autumn 2020?
Italy in Times of Corona – Update November 7, 2020
Dear Amici of Italy,
Autumn has begun and the dreaded second wave of corona infections is rolling with it instead of the holiday wave. The state of emergency has been extended until January 2021. We want to give you an update on the new regulations.
The state of the corona emergency that began in March was extended by the Conte government until the end of January. On November 4, a new Prime Minister’s ordinance was issued.
How is the Current Corona Situation in Italy?
The state of the corona emergency that began in March was extended by the Conte government until the end of January. On October 25, a new Prime Minister’s ordinance was issued. Chains of infection are tracked with a large number of tests.
It is important that you always have mouth and nose protection with you. Otherwise, there are fines between 400 and 1000 €. The use of the everyday mask is compulsory in all closed and public areas (hotels, restaurants, bars, museums, shops), in all public transport. The mask should be worn outdoors if the distance of approx. 1.5 m between people cannot be maintained. This applies in particular to inner cities, strolling in the pedestrian zones, but also parks and sometimes even hiking trails. When entering public facilities, hand disinfectant is available and the temperature is measured automatically. This also applies to means of transport, supermarkets, hotels, museums, churches, football stadiums, etc.
Streets or squares in urban centers, where gathering situations can be created, can be closed to the public after 9.00 pm.
Is it possible to travel to Italy?
Tourism is down and governments are issuing corona travel warnings for regions. If you still don’t want to leave it and want to use the time until the epidemic subsides with a safe journey, we recommend our new programs, in which you can exercise a lot in the fresh air. In many parts of Italy, there is a mild climate even in the winter months and you can strengthen your immune system by taking a walk by the sea. Here are some of our hiking suggestions that we hiked ourselves. And if you don’t go now, just enjoy the beautiful pictures and look forward to vacation next year. Are you a golfer? Then we recommend a combined golf holiday where you can play golf on a golf course in a beautiful landscape and try the fresh regional products and visit interesting places.
Is Travelling within Italy possible?
Travel through Italy is possible without restrictions even if it is strongly recommended not to travel in this corona time. For some regions: Calabria, Apulia, Sardinia and Sicily you need a corona declaration that must be submitted to the authorities, which can also be submitted online. Information such as the state of health and the last whereabouts are requested. The portals are available in Italian and English and for Sardinia also in German. Additional measures can be decided individually by each region in the event of increasing numbers of infections.
It is also possible to take public transport although it is strongly recommended not to move except for work, study, health reasons or necessary services.
What is open and what is closed?
- Supermarkets and shops are open.
- Hairdresser and cosmetic studios are open.
- Restaurants and bars are open until 6 p.m.
- Museums are open with limited admissions.
- Public transport is regularly.
- Theaters, concert halls, cinemas and other spaces, even outdoors, are closed. Even dance halls and discos are closed until.
- Gyms, swimming pools and Spas are closed until 24 November. Sports events and competitions for individual and team sports are suspended.
The New Corona Measures in Italy
Italy is again in partial lockdown. A nightly curfew has been imposed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Depending on the infection situation, Italy was divided into green, yellow, orange and red zones. The red zones with high infection rates include Lombardy, Piedmont, Aosta Valley and Calabria.
The following are closed in the red zone:
- Universities and schools from intermediate level
- Non-everyday shops and shopping malls
- Restaurants and bars
- Museums and theaters
- Sports facilities and clubs
- Cosmetic studios and spa
- Kindergartens and elementary schools
- Grocery stores and pharmacies
- Hotels (the hotel restaurant is open for guests)
- Hairdressers and barber
- Public transport runs with a capacity of 50%
- Physical activity close to where you live
- Trips for shopping within the place of residence
- Leaving the region and the country (only possible with a valid reason)
- Leaving the place of residence (only for trips to work, medical reasons, urgent family matters)
- Ceremonies, celebrating and forming groups both outdoors and indoors
- Picnic and consumption of alcohol outdoors
What’s next at the Teatro alla Scala?
All performances until December are suspended.
Restaurants and Bars
Restaurants close at 6 p.m. at the latest. The distance between the tables has been increased. A disinfectant gel is available at the entrance. A maximum of four people are allowed per table. Mouth and nose protection is mandatory for all employees and guests (including when going to the toilet). If you sit at the table, the mask can be removed. Credit card payment is recommended to avoid contact with cash.
Many restaurants also offer take-away menus. There are more tables outside, these are heated with spotlights as far as possible in winter. We recommend making a reservation.
In bars and restaurants, the drink is exclusively at the table where there cannot be more than 4 people. It is not permitted to stand in front of the bars in groups. Bars close at 6 p.m. No alcoholic beverages may be offered to take away. Furthermore, it is not permitted to park outdoors such as in public parks, on picnic areas, etc. to consume.
Cinemas and Theaters
Shows in public in theatrical halls, concert halls, cinemas and in other spaces, even outdoors, are suspended. Even dance halls and discos are closed until further notice.
You can go to museums during normal opening hours, but with limited admissions.
Educational trips and school trips are also suspended, as well as guided tours.
Individual and group excursions can take place outdoors, provided the minimum distance is observed and mouth and nose protection is worn.
The mask is not necessary for sporting activities (jogging, cycling), but must be carried and put on when the sport is interrupted or ended.
Gyms and Spas
Gyms, swimming pools and spas are closed until 24 November. Sports events and competitions for individual and team sports are suspended.
Ceremonies and Festivals
For ceremonies and weddings, max. 30 people admitted. It is also recommended to avoid private parties or limit guests to a maximum of 6 if they do not come from the same household. No indoor or outdoor parties are allowed.