What do the ‘Covid zones’ in Italy mean?

Pandemic news:

Rome is now in “yellow” status.

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This means that museums and architectural sites are now open. Tickets must be booked in advance >

Personal movement is permitted throughout the Lazio region, and travel is permitted between other “yellow” regions or to “white” regions. Schools are open. Stores, hairdressers, salons and gyms are now open. Restaurants are open for dining both indoors and outside until midnight, and they may deliver or offer take-out at any time. Bars are permitted to be open from 5 am until midnight. There is a nightly curfew from midnight until 5 am.

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How Covid-19 laws are implemented in Italy

Every few weeks, based on current infection data, the Italian central government issues a decree (‘DCPM’) for laws that apply to the entire country during the crisis, but certain aspects of the rules are also:

  1. Determined by current infection/hospitalization data that informs the Covid zone ‘traffic light’ system (see below);
  2. Open to the interpretation of regional governors: they may tighten up national regulations if required, either at a regional or a more local level.
 

The current National Covid rules for Italy are available in English on the Ministry of Health website but also look for added regional restrictions here (warning – this link is not a government site, and therefore the information may be out of date).

Rules that apply throughout Italy regardless of zone status currently include that masks must be worn outside private premises and indoor in public spaces, unless exercising, eating or drinking.

Regional norms are determined using a ‘traffic light’ system, which is based on a weekly assessment of health data.

What the Covid zones in Italy mean

Rome is in the Lazio region, and Lazio is currently yellow. Read on to find out what that means. To find out Rome’s current status on any given date, check the color of Lazio here (official, Italian only) or this website (unofficial but in English).

Current regional zone colors in Rome from June 7, 2021

White zones:

No regional restrictions. No curfew. Restaurants and bars may open for indoor dining and drinking. Only requirement is national mask regulation.

Yellow zones:

Restaurants and bars are open until 11 pm for outdoor dining/drinking. Food and drink delivery is allowed at any time. All shops are open. Museums and attractions are open. Booking ahead is essential. Indoor gyms are open. Schools are open. Unrestricted intra-regional travel, travel to yellow and white regions permitted. Curfew from 11 pm every night until 5 am.

Orange zones:

Restaurants and bars are open for takeaway only until 6 pm, though delivery is allowed at any time. Gyms and non-essential shops are closed. Museums and attractions are open. Booking ahead is essential. Schools are open for under-12s. Restricted regional travel, no extra-regional travel. Curfew from 11 pm every night until 5 am.

Red zones:

Restaurants and bars are open for takeaway only until 6 pm, though delivery is allowed at any time. Gyms and non-essential shops are closed. Schools are closed. Museums and attractions are closed. No intra-regional travel, no extra-regional travel. Curfew from 11 pm every night until 5 am.

Needless to say, regardless of your personal beliefs or feelings, you must respect the laws and norms of the country while you are visiting.

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Tickets in advance!

Because of Covid-19 precautions, you now have to
buy tickets in advance to visit attractions in Rome.

Buy your tickets now to avoid disappointment.