On Monday, April 26, Italy will begin to ease restrictive measures as the country shows signs of falling infection numbers and the vaccine effort accelerates (16 million Italians have received the first dose and nearly 5 million are fully vaccinated). It has been confirmed that Tuscany will also return to “yellow zone” status on April 26.
The 10pm-5am curfew, while hotly criticized, will remain in place until the end of May, when it will be re-evaluated.
Visiting family and friends
From April 26 to June 15, in yellow zones, a maximum of four people (plus children) may visit another household in the same region once a day. In orange zones, a maximum of four people (plus children) may visit another household in the same municipality once a day. Household mixing is prohibited in red zones.
Museums and exhibitions will reopen in yellow zones on April 26, but on a reservation basis at weekends.
Cinemas and theatres will reopen with 50 per cent capacity in yellow zones on April 26. No more than 1,000 spectators are permitted outdoors and 500 indoors.
On April 26, restaurants and eateries can reopen for lunch and dinner, but only outdoors and in yellow zones. A maximum of four persons can sit together, while bigger groups are allowed if you all live together. From June 1, in yellow zones, restaurants may also sit diners indoors until 6pm.
Shopping centres can reopen at weekends on May 15. Also in yellow zones, trade fairs, conferences and congresses will be allowed to resume on July 1.
Movement between regions will be regulated by a “green pass” system. You can travel between yellow zones without the need for certification, but travelling between regions of other colours will require documentation that shows a) you have been fully vaccinated within the last six months; b) you have had Covid and have fully recovered within the last six months; or c) that you have been tested for Covid and have had a negative result within the last 48 hours. Some good news for European travel: all green passes issued in the European Union will be valid in Italy. We are still waiting for news on intercontinental travel.
All team and contact sports will be allowed to resume in yellow zones on April 26, although changing rooms will remain out of bounds.
Pools and bathing houses may reopen on May 15 in yellow zones, while gyms can reopen on June 1.
On June 1, stadiums may reopen in yellow zone with 25 per cent capacity, no more than 1,000 spectators outdoors and 500 indoors.