Christmas with lockdown: Italy becomes a red zone

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For Italy, the Christmas season begins as a red zone. As of today, the highest level of CoV measures is in effect in the country. Stores and restaurants are closed. Only urgent errands such as food or pharmacy purchases are allowed.

Freedom of travel is severely restricted. Until January 6, it is forbidden to leave one’s own municipality, with the exception of villages with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants. Two people are allowed to visit relatives or friends in their own community once per day.

Children under the age of 14 or persons with disabilities may also be taken along. Exceptions to the rules should de facto only be possible for professional or health reasons. Religious festivities are permitted until 10 p.m.

Relaxations for 4 January expected
Anyone entering Italy from abroad by January 15 will have to enter a 14-day quarantine. The authorities do not want to control the extent to which assembly bans in private residences are observed, as these are specially protected under constitutional law. Nevertheless, the government appealed to people to comply with the tightened rules.

The hard lockdown is to be relaxed somewhat from Dec. 28 to 30 and on Jan. 4. On these days, all of Italy will become an “orange zone,” the second-highest level of restrictions. Then, stores shall be allowed to open for a short time and movement within the respective cities or municipalities shall be possible without giving reasons.

hp, Source: ORF.at/agencies/picture: pixabay.com

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