After several months of lockdown, Italy can finally see a glimmer of hope!

Starting from April 26th more than half of the Italian Regions are turning yellow, which means reopening for most of the activities that have been closed so far. Bars and restaurants, cinemas, museums, theatres and sporting centres will open their doors to the public and travel within the country will be possible again, with the necessary restrictions.

The Italian Government has just approved the new ‘”Reopening Decree”, containing details of the country’s plan for easing coronavirus restrictions over the coming weeks and months. The plan will come into effect starting from April 26th, and covers the period from April 26th to July 31st, until further notice.

Which are the main changes? Let’s see them in details.

Italy Reopening Plan – April 2021

Here below you will find a summary with the main regulations of the new “Reopening Decree” approved by the Italian Government on April 23rd.

Traveling within the Country

  • Traveling within the country will be possible for any reason starting from April 26th, for all those Regions classified as yellow or white zones towards all the yellow and white zone Regions.
  • For the Regions classified as orange and red zone, traveling wiill be allowed only in case of proven needs, health and working reasons, return to residence or domicile and for those people who are in possession of the new “Green Certification” pass.

“Green Certification” Pass

  • The “Green Certification” is a new national pass introduced by the Government that will allow to travel without the zone limitations within the Italian country, even between the Regions in the orange and red zone.
  • The “green certification” pass will be reliesed to all those people who can provide the state of vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 or the recovery from the infection or the carrying out of a molecular or antigenic test with negative result.
  • Vaccination and recovery certificates will be valid for six months, while the negative cov-id test will be valid for 48 hours.
  • Certifications that have been issued in the Member States of the EU will be recognized as equivalent.

Visits to Friends and Relatives

  • Visits to friends and relatives will be possible once a day in yellow zones, for groups up to 4 people + minors/disabled people.
  • In the orange zones, visits are allowed only within the municipal area.

Restaurants and Bars

  • Starting from April 26th, restaurants and bars will be allowed to reopen to the public in yellow zones for both lunch and dinner – with outdoor seating only (in compliance with the curfew until 10:00 pm).
  • Starting from June 1st indoor seating will also be possible (only until 6:00 pm).

Events – Cinemas – Theaters

  • Cinemas, theaters, concert halls and live clubs will also reopen to the public in the yellow zones starting from April 26th. The maximum capacity allowed is 50% of that maximum authorized and in any case not exceeding 500 spectators indoors and 1000 outdoors.
  • Sport events will follow the same rules starting from June 1st. The maximum capacity allowed is 25% of that maximum authorized and in any case not exceeding 500 spectators indoors and 1000 outdoors.

Museums

From April 26th, the opening of museums as well as other cultural institution is guaranteed with contingent fruition modalities in yellow zones, to allow visitors to respect the social distance of at least 1 metre.

Sport Centres – Thermal Centres – Amusement Parks

  • Any kind of outdoor sport activity will be allowed in yellow zones starting from April 26th.
  • Outdoor swimming pools will reopen in yellow zones starting from May1st.
  • Gyms will reopen in yellow zone starting from June 1st.
  • Thermal centers and amusement parks will reopen in yellow zones starting from July 1st.

Exhibitions – Conventions – Conferences

  • Exhibitions will reopen to the public in yellow zones starting from June 15th.
  • Conferences and conventions will be allowed in yellow zones starting from July 1st.

What doesn’t change

  • The nationwide 10:00 pm curfew still remains in place so far but may be re-evaluated in May.
  • All the existing restrictions will remain in areas designated higher-risk red and orange zones unless otherwise specified.
  • Wearing the face masks is still mandatory, both inside and outside, as well as ensuring the social distance of at least 1 metre.

Which Regions are turning yellow?

  • Abruzzo;
  • Campania:
  • Emilia Romagna;
  • Friuli Venezia Giulia;
  • Lazio;
  • Liguria;
  • Lombardia;
  • Marche;
  • Molise;
  • Piemonte;
  • Toscana;
  • Umbria;
  • Veneto;
  • Bolzano and Trento;

Which Regions are still in orange zone?

  • Basilicata;
  • Calabria;
  • Puglia;
  • Sicilia;
  • Valle d’Aosta;

Which Regions are still in red zone?

  • Sardegna.

Conclusions

To sum up, there won’t be a complete return to normal life just yet, but the the reopening plan comes as a huge relief for all of us, and we really hope this will be a first step forward to our freedom!

Should you need any further information, do not hesitate to ask. We remain always at your disposal!

* Please note that this article is updated to April 2021. Before your departure we kindly invite you to double check the covid situation in Italy at the official website of the Italian Government as rules are constantly changing.