Coronavirus, a new decree in Italy: ‘Limits for public places, bars and restaurants closed’

Coronavirus, a new decree in Italy: ‘Limits for public places, bars and restaurants closed’

The Italia premier Giuseppe Conte signs a new decree for the control of Coronavirus, until March, the 25th, bars and restaurants closed, newsstands and tobacconists opened. Factories operating in compliance with safety protocols.

The measures launched by the government to control Coronavirus are even more restrictive. With a decree of the prime minister published yesterday evening, March, the 11th, the list of activities that will have to be closed is extended. Currently until March, the 25th. Among them, there aren’t tobacconists, now the only “bastion” of the gaming offer, given the closing of the rooms until April, the 3rd, decided last Sunday and, also from yesterday, also the closure imposed to the bars. But let’s see, in detail, what the new decree provides.

ACTIVITIES NOT ALLOWED AND THE EXCEPTIONS – In order to counter and control the spread of the Covid-19 virus, retail business activities are suspended throughout the country, except for the sale of food and essential goods. Regardless of the type of activity carried out, “markets are closed, with the exception of activities aimed at selling only food. Newsstands, tobacconists, pharmacies and parapharmacies remain open. The interpersonal safety distance of a meter must in any case be guaranteed”.
Furthermore, the activities of food services (including bars, pubs, restaurants, ice cream shops, backeries) are suspended, with the exception of dinign halls and continuous catering on a contractual basis, which assure the interpersonal safety distance of one meter.
Only food service with home delivery is allowed, in compliance with hygienic-sanitary rules for packaging and transportation activities. Also shops for food and drink selling located in the service and refueling areas located along roads, highways and into railways, airports and lake stations and in hospitals remain open, ensuring the interpersonal safety distance of one meter.

Activities relating to personal services (including hairstylists, barbers, beauticians) are suspended. Banking, financial and insurance services as well as the agricultural and zootechnical sector, including the supply chains that supply goods and services to them, are assured in compliance with hygiene and health standards“.
Regions can reduce or eliminate local public transport rides, while the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport can reduce or abolish interregional car services and rail, air and maritime transport services, based on actual needs and for the sole purpose of ensuring minimal essential services.
Public administrations assure the ordinary course of their employees’ work in an agile way and identify the activities that cannot be postponed to be made with a presence”.
Same ratio for production and professional activities, with the stop of work in company departments not essential for production and compliance with “anti-infection safety protocols and, where it is not possible to respect the interpersonal distance of one meter as the main containment measure, with the adoption of individual protection tools”.

REGIONS AND THE INDUSTRY ARE SATISFIED – In some way, therefore, the requests made by some Regions – first of all Lombardia – to stop the activities of many commercial businesses considered “non-primary” have been accepted, but also those of Confindustria, which had proposed to keep companies running but with the adoption of a self-regulation code.

THE COMMENT OF THE GOVERNOR FONTANA – Remaining in Lombardia, the President of the Region, Attilio Fontana, comments the new decree. “Common sense has prevailed. Coronavirus can only be fighted with strict measures. I am sure that not only the Lombardia’s people, but all the Italians, will welcome this provision. With the awareness that today’s sacrifices are necessary to start again stronger tomorrow”.

WAITING FOR SUPPORT TO FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES – To complete the picture, the government decree on measures to support families and businesses is expected to arrive between today and Friday. Expected allocation of resources of up to 25 billion, with 12 available immediately, unemployment insurance for all sectors, interventions on tax deadlines, compensation for self-employed workers, parental leave and baby sitter vouchers for parents. Yesterday evening, meanwhile, the approval of a large majority of the Chambers to the report on the authorization for the budget variance arrived.