Italy Implements Nationwide Restrictions on Movement

Italy Implements Nationwide Restrictions on Movement

In a drastic bid to halt the spread of the Coronavirus in Italy, the country’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte yesterday announced that the entire country has been declared a restricted zone until April 3rd.

Restrictive measures were already in place in Lombardy and the 14 provinces most affected by the spread of the virus.

Italy is currently experiencing the highest levels of outbreak of the virus outside of China. The death toll yesterday jumped from 366 to 463 while official reports showed those infected had increased a massive 24% on figures from the previous day.

As Italian’s struggle to adapt to the measures imposed as part of the lock-down of their country the key changes are:

Move only if necessary

As of today, Italy’s 60 million inhabitants have been told they cannot leave their territory unless for work or health reasons.

Movement within their own areas is also to be avoided and people should only leave their homes for work or health needs.

Work and health ‘needs’ must be attested by self-declaration and filling out self-certification forms. Italians are being reminded that false declarations are considered a crime.

Large Gatherings are Forbidden

All gatherings of people in public places, or places that are open to the public are now forbidden.  Sports events in public or private places have been postponed.

Sports events organised by international sports organisations can take place but only behind closed doors with no members of the public present.

Sporting facilities can be used but only for training of professional athletes, and non-professional athletes recognised as having a national interest by the Italian National Olympic Committee. Use of the facilities can only take place behind closed doors.

For members of the public, all gyms, swimming pools, spas and recreation centres are closed.

All museums, cinemas, theatres and nightclubs are to stay shut.

Venue Closures and Restrictions

Restaurants and bars may only open from 6am to 6pm to encourage people to stay at home. When open, people visiting bars and restaurants must stay at least one metre apart from other customers and staff.

Shopping centres are to close at weekends, and on public holidays. Pharmacies and food stores will remain open however, customers must adhere to the rule of remaining one metre apart from other customers and staff.

All schools and universities remained closed. Religious institutes will open if those attending can maintain the required one metre of distance apart. Religious services including marriages and funerals have been postponed.

Announcing the new national restrictions, Prime Minister Conte appealed to his fellow citizens saying, ‘We must all give up something for the good of Italy, and we must do it immediately. We will take stronger measures to contain the advance of the coronavirus as much as possible and to protect the health of all citizens.’

He said, ‘I am forced to take decisive action to protect everyone’s health and in particular that of the most fragile.’

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Antoinette Tyrrell is a writer and journalist who started her career in print and broadcast journalism in Ireland. An English and History graduate of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, she worked for 11 years in corporate public relations for Irish Government bodies in the Foreign Direct Investment and Energy sectors.

She is the founder of GoWrite, a business writing and public relations consultancy. Her work has appeared in a range of national and international media and trade publications. She is also a traditionally published novelist of commercial fiction.

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