Draft of the new government decree: all movement is “limited based on needs” for work and family. Gyms, pools, spas, museums, cinemas, theaters and ski resorts will be closed. Shopping centers open only from Monday to Friday. The drastic measures go into effect from Sunday March 8 until April 3.
March 7 2020
ROME. In the latest development in Italy’s coronavirus emergency, all of Lombardia and 14 Northern provinces has become “red zones” subject to restrictions. In article 1 of the draft of the new government decree, which should be issued this evening (Saturday March 7, 2020), there is a ban on entering or leaving Lombardia and 14 other provinces, and the extension of the controlled zone to the Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna. In detail, the provinces that are now in the “red zone” are the following: Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro and Urbino, Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano Cusio Ossola, Vercelli, Padova, Treviso and Venezia
The decree further establishes the closure of all gymnasiums, poos, and spas for all the areas just cited. Shopping centers must remain closed on weekends. Museums, cultural centers and ski resorts will all be closed. Schools in these areas will be closed until April 3.
It is “highly recommended” to those who have a fever of 37.5 C/99.5 F or symptoms of a respiratory infection remain at home and limit as much as possible any social contact, and to contact their primary care doctor: to self-quarantine.
FREEEDOM OF MOVEMENT All movement from the red zones to other areas is prohibited. The main roadways will therefore have to be monitored in some way. In the Lombardia region, and the provinces of Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro and Urbino, Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano Cusio Ossola, Vercelli, Padova, Treviso and Venezia measures are being taken among other things to “absolutely avoid any movement in or out of these areas, not to mention within these same territories, save for movement motivated by urgent work needs or emergency situations”. A strong limitation of peoples’ freedom of movement, never before seen in this country, attributable to a higher interest, that of caring for public health. In the decree there will therefore be a recommendation directed also at those who live outside the red zones to limit their movements outside their own neighborhoods to strictly necessary cases.
[Ed. Note: shortly after this story was written the decree was signed by Prime Minister Conte with a softened restriction on movement: “there is a partial ban on movement, with a need to justify it based on specific indications. There is reduced mobility” said Conte. Under the decree the police will be allowed to ask citizens for information about their movements in the areas affected by the new rules to contain the virus. – Source: RAI News]
SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES Obviously schools of all levels remain closed, from nursery school to University. All competitions are suspended.
MASSES AND FUNERALS Civil and religious ceremonies are suspended, including funerals. All public gatherings are also suspended, as well as events in public or private places, including cultural, gaming, sports and religious events, even if held in closed but open to the public locations such as big events, cinemas, theaters, pubs, dancing schools, game rooms, betting rooms, discos and similar places.
BARS AND RESTAURANTS can remain open but only if the managers are able to get clients and staff to observe the rules about distance between individuals.
SANCTIONS Violation of the rules on movement and the new measures to confront the Coronavirus enacted in Lombardia and 14 provinces in Piedmont, Veneto, Emilia Romagna and Marche can be punished with arrest of up to 3 months and up to a 206 Euro fine. These are the same sanctions already established for violation of the first provisions declared for the red zones.
Source: La Nuova Venezia
Here is a sample of reactions to the decree from regional Governors.
“I can’t help but point out that the Prime Minister’s draft is, to say the least, a mess” – Attilio Fontana, Governor of Lombardia
“I have asked Prime Minister Conte and Minister Speranza, in a spirit of loyal collaborations, to be able to work a few more hours to reach the most consistent and shared solutions” – Stefano Bonaccini, Governor of Emiglia-Romagna
“We saw this legislation at the last minute, we have not participated in the preliminary drafting and we are being asked to confirm it very quickly: it is literally impossible.” – Luca Zaia, Governor of Veneto