COVID-19: Tuscany Remains a ‘Yellow Zone’ Until Mid-January

Loro Ciuffena, a town in the Casentino area of Tuscany between Florence and Arezzo

Tuscany will be the one of the regions in Italy categorized as a ‘yellow zone,’  from Monday, January 11 until at least Friday, January 15 thanks to the area’s current low rate–and corresponding risk–of COVID-19 contagions.  According to the three-tier system that is making its return after the holidays, a number of other regions will be classified as ‘orange’ (moderate risk) like Veneto, Sicily, Emilia Romagna, Calabria and Lombardy, with the possibility of moving into a ‘red’ (high risk zone with the highest restrictions) based on weekly statistics.

According to ‘yellow zone’ regulations, restaurants, pizzerias, pubs, bars, pastry shops, gelaterie, and cafés can once again offer sit-down service until 6 pm and customers can shop at retail stores until 7:30 pm.  Travel is not allowed to other regions but permitted within the region, and the self-certification document stating the reason (work, health, necessity or emergency) obligatory when moving around in ‘orange’ or ‘red’ zones will no longer be required for the moment. Hairdressers and nail salons will open; museums, galleries, exhibitions, theaters, cinemas, gyms and day spas will continue to be closed.

The nationwide 10 pm to 5 am curfew will remain in place.  (rosanna cirigliano)

To read more in Italian, visit Florence’s La Repubblica news site.