Italy’s Roadmap to Ease COVID-19 Restrictions Starting on May 18

Tuscany’s pilgrim road, the via Francigena

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has announced the details of a new decree that modifies current anti-Covid emergency measures effective as of May 18, 2021.

Here is the calendar of changes and reopenings, with the exception of clubs and discos, which will remain closed.

May 18:  from that date onwards, the curfew will be 11 pm instead of 10 pm.

May 22:  shopping centers, and mountain resorts will reopen also on the weekend.

May 24:  the new opening date of gyms, moved up from June 1.

June 1:  table and counter service on the premises will resume at bars and restaurants.  Stadiums can host spectators at 25% capacity or no more than 1,000 people at any given time.  Indoor public pools will reopen.

June 7:  from that date onwards, the curfew will be midnight instead of 11 pm.

June 15:  wedding receptions can take place from then onwards; all participants must bring a “green pass,” demonstrating full vaccination, recovery from Covid-19 or a negative Covid test carried out no earlier than 48 hours prior to the event.  Amusement parks will also reopen.  June 15 will be the new starting date for fairs, conferences and congresses instead of July 1.

June 21:  the curfew will end.

July 1:  all students will resume their classes in presence.  (rosanna cirigliano)

To read more in Italian, visit the La Repubblica news site.