Are museums, restaurants, stadiums, hotels and stores open in Milan when the Coronavirus alert is on? If you are in Milan or have your trip to reach Lombardy already booked and scheduled, here you can find some useful answers and updates on the situation in Milan and in Lombardy.
Last updated on 14 June 2021
Following the first wave of COVID-19 in Italy, starting in March 2020, and the second wave that began in the autumn months, Lombardy, as well as all of Italy, is facing a number of positive cases. This has forced the Italian government to re-introduce a series of safety measures to contain the spread of the virus.
While the vaccination plan continues on a large scale, from 1 June, the Italian regions have been divided into yellow zones and white zones, with different levels of restrictions to prevent the virus.
From 14 June the white regions include: Abruzzo, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Molise, Sardinia, Umbria, Veneto, Lombardy, Lazio, Piedmont, Apulia, Emilia Romagna and the Province of Trento.
Milan, as the whole region of Lombardy is located in a white region. This means that the curfew has been cancelled.
Bear in mind that in the yellow regions only the curfew from 12am to 5am remains in force. If you need to travel or move, therefore, plan to do it between 5am and 12am.
Going into more details, movement from one yellow region to another yellow region is allowed, as well as movements from a yellow region to a white region with no need of a negative nose swab.
Please remember that when in Italy it is compulsory to wear a mask at all times and to keep a distance of at least one metre from other people. Beware, if you do not wear a mask you may be fined heavily, as well as if you move around when the curfew is in effect.
Remember also to follow simple hygenic rules such as wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Museums, cinemas, theatres and concert halls
From 26 April 2021, in the yellow zones, shows open to the public in theatres, concert halls, cinemas, live-clubs and other premises or spaces, including open-air ones, are performed exclusively with pre-assigned seating and provided that the interpersonal distance of at least one metre is respected both. The capacity may not exceed 50 per cent of the maximum authorised capacity.
Moreover, from 26 April museums are open in the yellow regions and white regions.
Reservations are strongly advised to avoid crowds.
Bars and restaurants
From 1 June 2021 bars and restaurants in yellow zones and white zones are open and allow consumption at the table both in the open air and inside the restaurant, at lunch and dinner. The maximum capacity at the table is 6 people per table.
Reservations for restaurants are strongly advised. Delivery services are still operating.
Bars are open for consumption both at the table and at the counter. The use of a mask is compulsory at all times, except when drinking.
Boutiques, department stores, shopping malls and supermarkets
Boutiques, outlets and department stores are open from Monday to Sunday. Supermarkets and stores selling food and grocery, as well as pharmacies and smaller drugstores are open daily with no reductions on opening hours. Food and home products are restocked many times during the day every day, so there is no need to rush or to hurry. Also when shopping for food and grocery, please remember to keep the distance from other people, even when paying at the cash.
Gyms, spas, swimming pools and sports centres
Open-air sports are allowed, such as running, walking, cycling and including contact sports. Outdoor swimming pools are open from 15 May 2021 while, gyms are open from 24 May. Please remember to always wear your mask while walking or reaching parks and open-air spots, as well as before starting your training.
Spas and thermal centres are open from 1 July, as well as themed parks.
In the white regions, indoor swimming pools are also open.
From 1 June, the presence of the public is allowed at outdoor sporting events and competitions. Seats for non-residents must be spaced out and masks must be worn. The capacity may not exceed 25% of the maximum capacity and in any case may not exceed 1,000 people.
Planes and trains (all you need to know about the Green Pass)
Trains and planes, as well as airports and railway stations are operating regularly. If you need to move by train or plane from one yellow or white Italian region to another there is no need of a negative nose swab. Conversely, to move from one country to another a Green Pass is compulsory.
A Green Pass is issued if you are vaccinated, or recovered from Covid-19, or have undergone a negative nose swab. The Green Pass must be shown to the authorities before leaving the country.