From June 3rd, 2020  

Persons travelling to Italy from the following countries are no longer required to self-isolation measures, unless 14-day prior to entering Italy they visited States other than the ones listed below: 

  • EU Member States 
  • Schengen Agreement parties;
  • UK and Northern Ireland;
  • Andorra;
  • Principality of Monaco;
  • Republic of San Marino;
  • The Vatican.

For more information visit the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. and the FAQs


What are the Rules

From May 18th, 2020 the new National Decree and Regional Ordinance rule the following:

Free movement within the Lombardy Region;

• Compulsory use of the mask in indoor public spaces and outdoors - except for intense sport activity when 2 meters distancing is kept;

Open air activities and sports  are allowed -as parks and public gardens are now open- but 1 m distance (2 metres when doing sports) must be kept. Swimming pools and gyms remain closed.

Universities and academies can open libraries, research activities and experimentation laboratories. Exams and traineeships may be held physically if sanitary norms are respected.

Museums, restaurants, bars, hairdressers, beauticians and most retails reopen their activities under the general and specific sanitary measures;

Religious services -including marriages and funerals- are resumed;

Production and industrial activities keep going under the sanitary measures and with respect to the safety at work regulations.

• To all those who have respiratory related syndromes and a body temperature above 37.5 degrees it is requested to remain home and call their general practitioner.

I Have a Health Issue

What should I do?

For general information, call 1500, a public utility number activated by the Italian Ministry of Health.

National Psychological support number 800.833.833

Those who experience flu-like symptoms or respiratory problems in these hours should not go to the Emergency Room of the hospitals, but instead call their general practictioner or the regional toll-free number 800.89.45.45

For life-threatening emergencies that need immediate ambulance response ONLY, call emergency number 112 and wait for rescue in the place where you are.

What can I do to protect myself?

Protect yourself: follow WHO and Italian authorities advice concerning the outbreak of the novel coronavirus nCoV

  • Use of the mask in closed places accessible to the public (such as public transport and commercial establishments) becomes mandatory.
  • Stay at least one metre or more far from other people.
  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with a tissue or with the inside of the flexed elbow – throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough;
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider.

Wash Your Hands

Since hands are the best virus vehicle, cough and sneeze into a disposable handkerchief, or inside your elbow.

Hand washing and disinfection are crucial in order to prevent infection. Hands should be washed with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, you can also use a 60% minumum alcohol-based hand sanitizer.


Do I have to wear a mask to protect myself?

In Italy and Lombardy use of the mask in public places (such as on the street, on public transport and commercial establishments) becomes mandatory.

see this ECDC article about using masks.

The use of the mask helps to limit the spread of the virus but must be adopted in addition to other measures of respiratory and hand hygiene.

It is not useful to wear multiple overlapping masks. How should I put on and remove the mask?

Here's how to do it: before putting on the mask, wash your hands with soap and water or with an alcoholic solution; cover your mouth and nose with the mask making sure it fits tightly on your face.

Avoid touching the mask while you wear it. If you touch it, wash your hands when it gets wet, replace it with a new one and do not reuse it; those they are single-use masks. Remove the mask holding it from the elastic and do not touch the front of the mask; throw it immediately in a sealed bag and wash your hands.

How to Handle Waste in Time of COVID-19

Separate Waste Collection

If you are not positve to Coronavirus:

  • Separate waste as usual.
  • Masks, tissues and gloves must be disposed of in the unsorted waste, by enclosing them into a double layer of bags. (one bag inside another)

If you are positive to Coronavirus or subject to mandatory qurantine follow these guidelines provided by AMSA

  • don't separate your waste
  • dispose of all the waste in your building unsorted waste container, 
  • seal all your waste into a double layer of bags. (one bag inside another)
  • Use disposable gloves to handle your waste and don't squeeze the bags.
  • Dispose of the gloves in the next double-layer of bags and wash hands thoroughly
  • Keep pets away from your waste

Is there a vaccine for a new coronavirus?

No, being a new disease, there is still no vaccine and to achieve one, the times can also be relatively long.