Florence has introduced an alternative rule of its own following the empowerment of Italy’s local councils and police forces to close streets and piazzas where people have a tendency to gather.
No loitering will be allowed in piazza Strozzi, via Strozzi, via Sassetti, piazza della Repubblica, via Pellicceria, Sant’Ambrogio, via Pietrapiana, piazza dei Ciompi and borgo La Croce (as far as Mattonaia) between 19:00 and 02:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.
Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella announced the measure on his Facebook page. “The health situation is critical, especially in terms of infection among the young.”
Access will still be permitted to homes, restaurants, bars and shops. Those found to be in breach of the city ordinance could be fined a minimum of 400 euro.
A maximum of 1,000 people will still be allowed into piazza Santo Spirito on weekend nights after the previous city ordinance issued on October 9.
On October 22, Lombardy is introducing a regional curfew between 23:00 and 05:00, with Campania and Lazio set to follow suit this weekend. If stopped by the police, persons in these regions will be required to fill out a self-declaration form to justify their movements at night on the grounds of work, health or reasons of proven urgency. These measures are expected to remain in effect for three weeks.