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Italy's new measures to curb resurgent coronavirus epidemic

ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s government has approved new restrictions to tackle the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic and curb a steady rise in deaths and hospital admissions.

A medical worker in protective suits arrives in an intensive care unit for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the San Filippo Neri hospital in Rome, Italy, October 29, 2020. REUTERS/Yara Nardi/Files

Under previous decrees gyms, cinemas and theatres were already closed and restaurants and bars must shut at 6 p.m.

Here are the main new measures that come into force on Thursday and are due to run until Dec. 3:


The government will establish three tiers that will split the country into red (high risk), orange (medium risk) and green (low risk) zones. The zoning will depend on a variety of factors, including local infection rates and hospital occupancy.

Restrictions will be calibrated as a result.

Italy’s 20 regions will be placed in the various tiers later on Wednesday.


Regardless of the zoning, the government has introduced additional nationwide limits. These include:

- Nighttime curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. During these hours people can only leave their homes for work, medical reasons or emergencies.

- Closure of museums and exhibitions.

- Shopping centres to close at weekends.

- Capacity limit on public transport cut to 50% from 80%.

- All high schools classes to be moved online. Younger children will still be allowed to attend classes in person.


- In these worst hit areas people will only be allowed to leave their homes for work, health reasons or emergencies.

- Bars, restaurants and most shops to be closed 24/7.


- People can move freely within their towns and cities, but not leave them even to travel to other towns in the same region.

- Bars and restaurants to shut 24/7, but shops can remain open.


- There are no restrictions beyond the nationwide curbs.


Under a separate decree, expected on Thursday, the government is set to approve a new stimulus package worth at least 1.5 billion euros ($1.75 billion) to support the economy. Last month it passed 5.4 billion euros of measures for worst-hit businesses.

($1 = 0.8567 euros)

Reporting by Angelo Amante; Editing by Crispian Balmer and Gavin Jones