Phase 1 of the Italian total lockdown to face the Coronavirus emergency is over. So, can I visit a museum, go to the restaurant, stroll through the cities and more? Check out our article to discover all you can do in Italy during phase 2 of the COVID-19 lockdown.
After over two months of total lockdown all around Italy, phase 2 has started on 4 May 2020. However the Coronavirus pandemic has not ended yet, as people positive to the virus can still be found in the country and all around the world. So, what are the differences between phase 1 and phase 2 in Italy? What are people allowed to do by the Italian regulation?
During phase 1, from 12 March 2020, people could not leave their homes without a proven reason to do it and a without a self-certification provided by the Italian Interior Ministry and moving from one region to another was prohibited. Moreover, moving from one city to another – even if a bordering one – was not allowed. Now few things have changed, allowing perople to move more easily, though without forgetting to stick to the key safety rules provided by the Italian Ministry of Health, the National Institute of Health (Istituto Superiore della Sanità) and by the World Health Organization on simple hygienic rules (see below). Let’s go into more details.
Museums, cinemas, theatres and concert halls
As for phase 1, even during phase 2 museums, cultural hubs, art galleries, private and public institutions, cinemas and theatres are closed to the public to avoid the transmission of the virus. However, since April some of the most important museums in Italy has branched on the online world, providing visitors with immersive virtual tours and entertaining online activities. Professional sports matches and competitions are still suspended too, though professional athletes are now allowed to train. Whenever restarted, important competitions, football matches and other sports events are likely to be held behind closed doors and broadcasted on TV or on the internet. Those who have booked tickets for exhibitions, live performances, football matches and other events can contact the provider of their ticket to ask possible ticket refunds or to switch dates – whenever possible.
Bars and restaurants
Bars and restaurants are still closed to the public for table service until 18 May, though the majority of them is open for delivery with online payment. The beginning of phase 2 has also reintroduced the chance to enjoy takeaway service from one’s favourite restaurant, provided that people respect the safety rules and wear an appropriate mask. Hotels are still closed until 18 May, as well as their restaurants. The opening depends on each hotel, as there is no national law regulating their opening.
Boutiques, department stores, shopping malls and supermarkets
Shops, boutiques, outlets and department stores are still closed until 18 May, unless future notifications. Some of them have introduced convenient online stores or e-commerce services allowing shopping lovers to browse their favourite items online and have them delivered at home. Supermarkets, bakeries and stores selling food and grocery, as well as pharmacies and smaller drugstores are open daily with no reductions on opening hours. All products are restocked daily and many times a day, so there is no lack of products and need to rush. Please bear in mind that a maximum number of people shopping in the same store or supermarket must be respected. Some of the biggest supermarkets in Italy have joined the Ufirst app, allowing people to book their access ticket to the store without the need to queue and avoiding long waits outside the store. The app is free for both iOS and Android devices.
Gyms, spas, swimming pools and sports centres
Public parks have reopened their gates to people wishing to run or exercise in the open air, provided that they train alone and keeping a 2-metre distance from other people. The police fine those who do not respect those safety rules. Walks around the city are allowed, though it is still avised to leave the house only if necessary. Visits to one’s boyfriend, girlfriend or family are allowed, though people are asked to wear masks. Gyms, swimming pools and spas are still closed for hygienic reasons, as well as beauty centres and hairdressers. According to the words by Italy’s Prime Minister people are still asked to leave their homes just for urgent and fundamental needs, such as food, health issues, medical checkups or movements connected to work.
Planes and trains
According to the official decree from 27 April 2020, some of the most important airports in Italy are operating and also connecting the peninsula to its main islands. The operating airports are: Ancona, Bari, Bologna, Cagliari, Catania, Florence-Peretola, Genova, Lamezia Terme, Lampedusa, Milan Malpensa, Naples Capodichino, Palermo, Pantelleria, Pescara, Pisa, Rome Ciampino, Rome Fiumicino, Turin and Venice Tessera. Italy’s main railway stations are still operating regularly. Please keep in mind that movements from one region to another are not allowed, except for health issues, medical checkups or movements connected to work. Each and every journey both by plane and train must be accompanied by the self-certification (see below). When travelling people are asked to wear masks and use hand sanitizers. Travelling is allowed only provided that people do not have flu or other symptoms connected to COVID-19. Entering train stations and airports, the staff must try your temperature to check everyone’s health.
All around Italy public transport is available. However, the capacity of each means of transport is reduced as people must respect a safety distance between each other, be it the underground, on trams, buses and vaporetti. Please remember also to keep the distance even at the ticket office or at the entrance of the metro stations, as well as bus or tram stops.
As abovementioned movements still require a self-certification proving the reason for one’s movement, the health and all personal data that will be checked by the law enforcement whenever stopped. Self-certifications must be printed and filled in at every journey.
When moving on public transport, shopping or leaving your home, please follow these fundamental hygienic rules.
– wash you hands many times, with water and soap at least for 20 seconds
– use sanitizers when away from home or shopping
– always wear a mask
– avoid contact with people suffering from severe respiratory issues
– don’t touch your eyes, mouth and nose with your hands
– cover your mouth and nose if you happen to be coughing or sneezing
– clean surfaces with alcohol or chlorine-based products
– pets and animals, in general, do not take and transmit the virus