FAQs on the #iorestoacasa Decree – Phase 2

May 04, 2020

[latest update 04/05/2020]

What’s new since the 26 April decree?

The 26 April decree introduces, from the 4 May, a few new provisions, including, for example:

  • the possibility of visiting one’s relatives who live in the same region and the reopening of public parks and gardens. However, these things are only possible as long as health measures are respected and people do not congregate (mayors can decide to temporarily shut parks again if it’s not possible to guarantee this). This means no picnics or barbecues! N.B. The Mayor of Rome has decided not to open beaches until after 17 May.
  • The use of masks in enclosed spaces accessible to the public is mandatory (including on public transport and in shops).
  • The new decree also establishes the obligation for those with respiratory symptoms and a temperature above 37.5 degrees to stay in their own homes.
  • From 4 May, it will continue to be possible to engage in individual physical and sports activity, but also further away from one’s home; when conducting sports activities, an interpersonal distance of 2m must be respected. Professional solo sport athletes may also resume their training.
  • Another important change is the possibility of holding funerals, with a maximum number of attendees set at 15 people, who must nonetheless wear masks. Preferably these should be held outdoors.
  • From 4 May, take out will be allowed from restaurants, cafes, and similar businesses, in addition to the delivery services which have been allowed thus far.
  • Several productive and industrial activities are restarting, mainly those geared towards exports; the manufacturing and construction sectors, as well as wholesale activities and related may resume as long as they respect workplace safety rules in force.

Which shops and services are open?

The Decree DPCM April 26 2020 identifies in Annexes 1 and 2 the commercial activities allowed to open as from  May 4th 2020. These measures will remain valid until May 17th .

The following list includes the establishments which shall be allowed to open:Retail business activities

  • Hypermarkets 
  • Supermarkets 
  • Discount supermarkets 
  • Convenience stores and other grocery stores 
  • Frozen food stores 
  • Non-specialised shops selling computers, peripherals, telecommunications equipment,
  • Electronic audio and video equipment, household appliances 
  • Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores  
  • Petrol stations 
  • Specialised shops selling computer and telecommunications equipment (ICT)  
  • Retail sale of metal hardware, paints, flat glass and electrical, plumbing and heating supplies 
  • Retail sale of hygiene and sanitary products 
  • Retail sale of lighting equipment 
  • Retail sale of newspapers, magazines and periodicals 
  • Pharmacies 
  • Retail sale of over-the-counter medicines in other specialised stores 
  • Retail sale of medical and orthopaedic supplies in specialised stores 
  • Retail sale of perfumery, toiletries and personal care products 
  • Retail sale of small pets 
  • Retail sale of optical and photography products 
  • Retail sale of fuel for household use and for heating 
  • Retail sale of soaps, detergents, polishing products and similar products 
  • Retail sale of any type of product via the Internet 
  • Retail sale of any type of product on television 
  • Retail sale of any type of product via mail order, radio, telephone 
  • Sales through vending machines 
  • Stationery shops
  • Book shops
  • Baby stores
  • Retail sale of flowers, plants, seeds and fertilizers

Personal services 

  • Laundry and cleaning of textile and fur products
  • Industrial laundries 
  • Other laundry facilities 
  • Funeral services and related activities

More FAQs on the Italian Government’s Phase 2, please consult these following websites:

Italian version: “Fase 2” – Domande frequenti sulle misure adottate dal Governo

English version: FAQs on the Italian Government’s Phase 2

What are the current recommendations for travellers?

According to the provisions currently in force across the national territory, only travel motivated by proven work needs, necessary matters or health reasons is permitted. However, it is forbidden to all natural persons to move or travel, by public or private transport, towards a different municipality than the one in which they are currently located, except for proven work needs, urgent matters or health reasons: It is also forbidden to move to homes other than the main place of residence, including holiday homes.

These provisions are also valid for entry in Italy.

What measures are planned for entry in Italy?

Anyone intending to enter Italy, by air, sea, lake, rail or land transport, or by private means of transport. In order to access any travelling service, upon boarding, it is required to provide the chosen carrier with a statement containing clear and detailed information, to allow authentication by the carriers or shipowners, including:

  • reasons for travelling
  • full address of the house or dwelling in Italy where the period of health surveillance and  fiduciary isolation will be carried out
  • any private means of transport that will be employed to travel
  • Landline or mobile telephone number where communications can be received during the entire period of health surveillance and fiduciary isolation.

All travellers entering Italy, even if asymptomatic, are obliged to immediately notify the Prevention Department of the competent territorial health service and are subject to health surveillance and fiduciary isolation for a period of fourteen days at the home or residence stated at the time of boarding.

In the event of the onset of COVID-19 symptoms, travellers are obliged to report this situation promptly to the Health Authority via the dedicated telephone numbers.

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Giuditta Petreni

Giuditta Petreni has over 10 years of experience in assisting companies and business investors with relocation of managers and staff to Italy. Giuditta has extensive experience advising corporate and private clients on a full range of Italian immigration categories. She is fluent in Italian and English.

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