Over Half of Italy to Enter into the Heavily Restricted Red Zone Through Easter
A year ago we thought we were going to stay at home for two weeks in an effort to help our healthcare systems deal with the new Covid-19 virus that became a pandemic. Today, Italy is entering another lockdown in over half of the country.
Due to rising contagion and cases, mainly from the new strains of the virus, and an unanticipatedly slow vaccine rollout, Italy’s health professionals and new PM Mario Draghi have changed most of the regions in the country to red and orange zones, with only Sardegna remaining in the new fewest restrictions white zone, and no regions are lucky enough to be in the lower restriction yellow zone.
With over half of the country in the red zone, people must stay home unless for reasons of health and work, carry the auto declaration if you must go out, and all stores, shops restaurants, bars, hairdressers and museums are closed with the exception of pharmacies, supermarkets, tabacchi and essential services. For those of us in this red zone, which will last a minimum of three weeks, this feels exactly like one year ago when we went into our homes and did not emerge for more than two months. We can only hope that this does not last that long, but the mood is dispiritedly similar on this last day before the restrictions kick in.
All of Italy in Lockdown for Easter
The government has also announced that there will be a nationwide red zone on Easter weekend, similar to the rules at Christmas, where you may leave your home once per day to visit friends and family for the holiday, and no more than 2 visitors are allowed into a home at a time. The 10pm curfew will still remain in place for those going out to visit other homes.
The latest classification of regions within the zones looks like this:
**This post was updated on March 22, 2021 when Molise and Sardegna were both moved into the orange zone. There are no longer any regions in the lower restriction yellow and white zones**
Basilicata, Campania, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio (Rome), Lombardia (Milano), Marche, Piemonte, Puglia, Veneto, and PA Trento
Abruzzo, PA Bolzano, Calabria, Liguria, Molise, Sardegna, Sicilia, Toscana, Umbria, Valle Aosta
This current classification is set to last from Monday, March 15 until Monday April 5. As always, we will update you as things change and hopefully improve.