Reopening Italy: further measures

European travel resumes on June 3

Editorial Staff
May 16, 2020 - 14:45

Italy is easing its lockdown measures further as the country prepares to reopen by June 3, including for European travel. The wearing of face protection remains a requirement indoors in public spaces as well as outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained.





May 18: no more self-certification, reopening of businesses and visiting friends


Effective May 18, 2020, restrictions will no longer apply to movement within the same region, hence no more self-certification. Persons are still not permitted to travel to another region (e.g. from Tuscany to Umbria) or overseas unless for proven work reasons, absolute urgency or health reasons; the only exception to this rule is the return to one’s domicile, home or place of residence. As from May 18, you can also use second homes and see friends, as long as you do not congregate in public or in places open to the public. 


On May 18, museums and businesses are allowed to reopen (shops, restaurants, coffee shops, hairdressers, beauty salons, seaside bathing houses) provided that the regional guidelines (see here, in Italian, for Tuscany) aimed at containing the risk of infection are observed. Religious services may also recommence on May 18 in accordance with stipulated guidelines. 


Effective from May 18, the regional ordinance for Tuscany allows the playing of golf and singles tennis outdoors as long as interpersonal distance of 2 metres is maintained. No other use of the facilities (e.g. changing rooms, gym or pool is permitted). In Tuscany, persons are recommended to maintain social distancing of at least 1.8 metres (the nationwide requirement is one metre).



May 25: gyms, pools and sports centres reopen



June 3: ok to travel between regions and European travel resumes


As from June 3, 2020, persons can travel from region to region, unless the Italian government exercises containment measures based on the risk of infection in any given area.


Effective June 3, mandatory quarantine will no longer be required from persons arriving in Italy from EU member states.




June 15: cinemas and theatres reopen




Quarantine measures


Anybody who has tested positive for Covid-19 is obliged to remain in mandatory quarantine until they are proven to have healed clinically. Precautionary quarantine continues to apply for persons who have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19.






Failure to comply with regional ordinance may result in the closure of a business (minimum 5 days, maximum 30 days) until safe conditions are applied or in fines between 400 and 3,000 euro, increased by a third of the amount if violated using a vehicle.


LINK to the new Italian legislation here.



Article updated: May 16, 2020 at 21:25


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