Coronavirus: information and updates

15 November 2020

Ordinance of the Health Minister, Roberto Speranza: passage in the red zone for two Regions

The Health Minister, Roberto Speranza, signed an ordinance which - on the basis of the contagion data in the various Italian regions - provides for the passage to the red zone for two Regions: Tuscany and Campania - starting from Sunday, November 15.

In the red regions:

  • any movement in and out of the Region is prohibited, except for proven needs (i.e., work or health);
  • any movement within the municipality and to a municipality other than that of residence or domicile is also prohibited, except for proven needs (i.e., work, necessity or health);
  • if you move you must fill in and bring with you the self-declaration form (in the event that you don't have a printed copy with you, in case you get stopped the police will provide you with a blank form to fill out);
  • school courses in presence are allowed only for kindergarten, elementary school and 6th grade (prima media);
  • universities must adopt distance learning solutions (lessons from remote), but laboratories and other facilities that provide services indispensable to Students can still operate;
  • bars, pubs, restaurants, ice cream and pastry shops are closed; only home delivery is allowed, as well as take-away until 10 pm;
  • all non-essential shops are closed; food stores, newsagents, pharmacies, dry cleaners, hairdressers, banks and post offices remain open;
  • you may only exercise individually on foot or by bike in the vicinity of your home;
  • you are not allowed to visit or meet relatives or friends (except for assisting subjects who are not self-sufficient);
  • working from home is recommended.

Of course, the following rules still apply:

  • museums and other institutes and places of culture (including libraries) are closed;
  • tests for public and private competitions have been suspended, with the exception of those of the national health service;
  • public transport will operate with the limit of 50% of the capacity of the vehicles.

The School’s library is closed to external users but remains open for the members of the Community.
The access to laboratories is allowed in compliance with the Covid-19 protocol of the IMT School.


Ordinance of the Health Minister, Roberto Speranza: passage in the orange zone for five Regions

The Health Minister, Roberto Speranza, signed an ordinance which - on the basis of the contagion data in the various Italian regions - provides for the passage in the orange zone for five Regions: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Liguria, Tuscany and Umbria - starting from Wednesday, November 11.

In the orange regions:

  • any movement in and out of the Region is prohibited, except for proven needs (i.e. work or health);
  • any movement to a municipality other than that of residence or domicile is prohibited, except for proven needs;
  • bars, pubs, restaurants, ice cream and pastry shops will be closed. Only home delivery is allowed, as well as take-away until 10 pm.

Of course, the following rules still apply:

  • there is a curfew from 10 pm to 5 am (during curfew hours only journeys motivated by work or health reasons are allowed);
  • all high schools and universities must adopt distance learning solutions;
  • museums and other institutes and places of culture (including libraries) are closed;
  • tests for public and private competitions have been suspended, with the exception of those of the national health service;
  • on weekends and public holidays shops located inside shopping centers and markets are closed, with the exception of pharmacies and parapharmacies;
  • public transport will operate with the limit of 50% of the capacity of the vehicles.

Self-declaration form


DPCM of November 3, 2020: new rules valid from November 6 to December 3

On November 3 President Conte has issued a new Prime Ministerial Decree that establishes new restrictive measures to contain the risk of contagion.
The new DPCM is valid from November 6 to December 3, 2020.
 
The decree also defines different rules for different areas, dividing the Italian territory in three areas (yellow, orange and red) corresponding to an increasing risk.
 
Some of the main measures valid in the yellow regions (that currently include Tuscany) are the following:

  • there is a curfew from 10 pm to 5 am (during curfew hours only journeys motivated by work or health reasons are allowed);
  • all high schools and universities must adopt distance learning solutions;
  • museums and other institutes and places of culture (including libraries) are closed;  
  • tests for public and private competitions have been suspended, with the exception of those of the national health service;
  • on weekends and public holidays shops located inside shopping centers and markets are closed, with the exception of pharmacies and parapharmacies;
  • public transport will operate with the limit of 50% of the capacity of the vehicles;
  • bars, pubs and restaurants can be opened from 5 am to 6 pm, and can have no more than four customers per table; take-away services are allowed until 10 pm; delivery food services are allowed with no time limit.

As a consequence:
- the School's Library will be closed to the external public (all services for the School's community members remain active);
- didactic activities will be carried out exclusively in remote (with the exclusion of laboratory ones).


In the orange regions, besides the rules already valid for the yellow regions:

  • any movement in and out of the Region is prohibited (except for proven needs);
  • any movement to a municipality other than that of residence or domicile is prohibited, except for proven needs;
  • bars, pubs and restaurants must close. Only home delivery is allowed, as well as take-away up to 10 pm.

In the red regions:  

  • any movement in and out of the Region and also within the territory itself is prohibited (except for necessity and urgency);
  • retail stores are closed, except for food stores, pharmacies and newsstands. Non-food markets are closed;
  • bars, pubs and restaurants must close. Only home delivery is allowed, as well as take-away up to 10 pm;
  • school in presence is allowed only for kindergarten, elementary school and 6th grade (prima media).


At the moment, the Italian regions are divided as follows, but the classification will be updated according to the development of the contagion.

YELLOW ZONE: TOSCANA, VENETO, TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE, FRIULI VENEZIA GULIA, EMILIA ROMAGNA, MARCHE, LAZIO, ABRUZZO, MOLISE, CAMPANIA, BASILICATA, SARDEGNA.

ORANGE ZONE: PUGLIA, SICILIA.
 
RED ZONE: LOMBARDIA, PIEMONTE, VALLE D'AOSTA, CALABRIA.

Here you can find the text of the decree (in Italian).


Prime Ministerial Decree of October 25: new measures valid from October 26 to November 24

On October 25, President Conte has issued a new Prime Ministerial Decree that introduces new rules to be respected for the containment of the epidemiological contagion from Covid-19.
The main new measures introduced by the decree, that are valid from October 26 to November 24, are the following:

  • all conferences, congress activities, national and international fairs and trade shows and public events are suspended, with the exception of those that take place remotely;
  • meetings must be held remotely, unless there are justified reasons not to do so;
  • gyms, swimming pools, spas and wellness centres must close;
  • cinemas, theatres and concert halls must close;
  • bingo halls, casinos and amusement arcade must close;
  • bars, pubs and restaurants must stop serving at 6 pm, including Sundays, and can have no more than four customers per table; take-away and delivery food services are still allowed until 12 am;
  • canteen services can continue to operate;
  • it is strongly recommended that all persons do not travel, by public or private means of transport, to a municipality other than that of residence, domicile or home, except for proven work, study or health reasons;
  • kindergartens and primary schools remain open; high schools must hold 75% of lessons remotely;

With reference to Universities and museums, the decree confirms what was stated in the previous one: Universities can carry out didactic and curricular activities both in presence and remotely, always taking into account the evolution of the territorial pandemic framework and in compliance with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of University and Research; museums and other institutes and places of culture remain open to the public, but visits must be arranged taking into account the size of the premises, as well as the flows of visitors.

Here you can find the text of the decree (in Italian).


Prime Ministerial Decree of October 18: the new rules valid until November 13

On October 18, President Conte has issued a new Prime Ministerial Decree that introduces new rules to be respected for the containment of the epidemiological contagion from Covid-19.

The main measures, valid from October 19 to November 13, are the following:

  • mayors may order the closure to the public, after 9.00 pm, of streets or squares in urban centers, where gathering situations can be created;
  • universities can carry out didactic and curricular activities both in presence and remotely, always taking into account the evolution of the territorial pandemic framework and in compliance with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of University and Research;
  • all conference or congress activities are suspended, with the exception of those that take place remotely;
  • outdoor sport activity is allowed, always respecting the safety distance. Contact sports carried out at an amateur level are completely prohibited;
  • gyms and swimming pools have a week to comply with safety protocols, otherwise they will be closed;
  • the activities of food services (including bars, pubs, restaurants, ice cream parlors, pastry shops) are allowed from 5 am to 12 am with consumption at the table, and with a maximum of six people per table. In absence of consumption at the table they must close at 6 pm. Take-away and delivery food services are always allowed (in compliance with the hygiene and health regulations for both packaging and transport activities) until 12 am.

In order to make contact tracing more effective through the use of the Immuni App, the health worker of the Prevention Department of the local health company is obliged, by accessing the Immuni central system, to upload the key code in the presence of Covid-19 positivity case.

Here you can find the text of the decree (in Italian).


Prime Ministerial Decree of October 13: new measures related to the "phase 3"

On October 13, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has issued a new Prime Ministerial Decree that extends the restrictions adopted so far for the containment of the epidemiological contagion from Covid-19 and defines some new rules for the so-called "phase 3".

These are some of the most relevant points.

The Decree confirms the obligation to always carry respiratory protective devices with you. Masks must be worn not only in closed places accessible to the public but more generally in indoor places other than private homes and also in all outdoor areas.

The Decree clarifies that nothing changes for didactic and curricular activities: in universities, didactic and curricular activities are carried out in compliance with the Guidelines of the Ministry of University and Research.

The carrying out of public events is allowed only in static form, provided that the prescribed distances and other containment measures are respected.

Shows and concerts in theatres, cinemas and other spaces are allowed, provided that the interpersonal distance of at least one meter is ensured and with an audience of maximum of 200 for indoor shows.

Museums and other institutes and places of culture remain open to the public, but visits must be arranged taking into account the size of the premises, as well as the flows of visitors (by fixing a quota for visitors or in any case avoiding gatherings).

Download the full text of the Prime Ministerial Decree

Download the annex


Return on campus procedures

The IMT School, in full compliance with the policies and precautionary measures against epidemic infection, intends to allow its students to return to Campus starting from September 1st, as planned for the resumption of activities.

To access the Campus, students will have to respect the calendar they indicated when they responded to the survey recently administered by the Offices.

The procedure established by the School's Board of Governors remains unaffected, so it is mandatory to indicate the reason for the return in the request addressed to the Campus Management Office, which must be authorized by the student's Advisor and by the pertinent Track Director.

Due to the COVID 19 emergency, Campus rooms may be occupied by one person only. The School is planning to make additional accommodations available to students, ensuring everyone receives a fully equivalent service or a contribution toward independent accommodation. The School is also organizing serological testing upon arrival for students who intend to return.


Protocol for resuming in-person activities at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

To avoid the risk of contagion during this period of COVID-19 emergency, the IMT School for Advanced Studied Lucca has arranged to provide all educational activities online, carry out all administrative activities in smart working and research activities at the researchers’ home, providing access to the School premises only for urgent and essential activities.

Considering a priority to make available its skills and abilities to our country to cope with this unprecedented emergency, the IMT School aims to gradually resume in-person activities, guaranteeing maximum, and the best-operating conditions.

With this in mind, the School has issued a “Protocol for resuming in-person activities”, which is intended to provide operational guidance on precautionary measures, rules of conduct, individual and collective protection to be implemented and increase the effectiveness of containment measures to fight the COVID-19 epidemic in non-healthcare work environments.

The proposed guidelines are valid for the first period of re-entry and may be subsequently revised according to the evolution of the emergency and ministerial and regional regulations.

Protocol for resuming in-person activities
Annex 1: Procedure to access the School
Annex 2: Cleaning and sanitization procedures
Annex 3: Handling suspected cases
Annex 4: PPE and good practices
Details on the return of students


Prime Ministerial Decree of June 11: reopening of further commercial activities

On June 11, the Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, signed a new Prime Ministerial Decree that defines the reopening of further commercial activities.

Here following the most important changes that have been introduced:

  • sport events and competitions resume behind closed doors or outdoor, without the presence of the public. Contact sports are still prohibited; ski areas reopen under the authorization of the Regions;
  • children’s play areas in parks and municipal villas reopen;
  • public shows, theatres, concert halls, cinemas also resume, with specific measures and the respect of the interpersonal distance of at least one meter. Events involving gatherings remain suspended;
  • the activities of personal care and well-being centres, together with amusement arcades, are allowed on condition that Regions and autonomous Provinces have previously ascertained the compatibility of those activities with the trend of the epidemiological curve in their own territory;
  • entry to museums and other cultural sites is regulated: entrance is allowed on the condition that these institutes guarantee that access is limited to a fixed number of visitors or, in any case, such to avoid gatherings and to allow people to respect the interpersonal distance of at least one meter;
  • when travelling to and from abroad, the maximum period of stay without the obligation of home quarantine is increased to 120 hours (5 days) for those who enter the national territory for work reasons, as well as for the staff of companies or institutions with legal or secondary headquarters in Italy that travel abroad for proven work reasons.

Download the full text of the decree.


Covid-19 - New measures related to "phase 2" valid from May 18

On May 16 and 17 Decree-Law n. 33/2020 and a new Prime Ministerial Decree were issued to introduce new rules for the so-called "phase 2".

The main changes, valid from today, May 18, are the following:
- it is possible to move within the region without any limitation and without the self-certification form;
- retail stores, activities related to personal care (hairdressers, barbers, beauty centers), restaurants, bars, pastry shops, pubs, public offices, museums and bathing establishments can reopen;
- it is possible visit relatives and friends, but it is still compulsory to respect the distance of at least one meter, to use masks, and to avoid any form of gathering;
- liturgical and religious celebrations are allowed;
- the training of sports team is allowed.

From May 25 gyms, swimming pools and sports centres will reopen; from June 15 also theatres and cinema can reopen.

Until June 3 it is still forbidden to move between different regions (except for absolute urgency, work or health reasons). From that date it will also be possible to move in the European Union, unless new dispositions.

Download the full text of the Decree-law
Download the full text of the Prime Ministerial Decree
Download the annex


Prime Ministerial Decree of April 26: new measures related to the "phase 2"

On April 26, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has issued a new Prime Ministerial Decree that extends the restrictions adopted so far for the containment of epidemiological contagion from Covid-19 and defines some new rules for the so-called "phase 2".

The main changes, valid from May 4 to 17, are the following:

  • it is possible visit relatives respecting the distances, using masks, and avoiding any form of gathering;
  • individual sport activities are allowed, even far from home, but the respect of a distance of no less than 2 meters must be kept between individuals (one meter in case of walks);

It is still forbidden to move between different regions (except for absolute urgency, work or health reasons) and even within the same territory mobility must be limited to proven work needs or other situations of necessity (motivated through the self-certification form).

Furthermore, the decree defines the following instructions:

  • to avoid speculation a fair and reasonable price is established for the masks sale;
  • the self-certification regime remains valid;
  • travel to return home is allowed;
  • it is mandatory to stay home and limit social contacts in case of fever above 37.5;
  • gatherings in public and private places are prohibited;
  • public parks and gardens can open, but the observance of the safety distances and the prohibition of any form of gathering is mandatory;
  • funeral ceremonies are allowed with the exclusive participation of relatives up to a maximum of 15 people;
  • take-away and delivery food services are allowed (in Tuscany this is already possible);
  • manufacturing and construction activities can reopen, together with their functional wholesale trade.

Retail trade, museums, exhibitions and libraries will be reopened on May 18, always guaranteeing the respect of the safety distance.

From June 1, the reopening of bars, restaurants, beauty salons, hair salons and massage centres is announced.

Download the full text of the decree.


New decree-law of April 10: extension of restrictive measures and stores reopening

On April 10, 2020, the President of the Council of Ministers signed a new decree-law where all the previous measures to strengthen the containment and management of the epidemiological emergency from Covid-19 are extended until May 3.

The decree also provides for the reopening of bookstores, stationery stores and childcare shops.
All open businesses must continue to ensure the maintenance of social distancing, the staggered access of customers and the cleanliness and hygiene of the spaces.

Download the full text of the decree


Ordinance of the Regione Toscana - mandatory use of masks

On April 6, 2020, the President of the Regione Toscana Enrico Rossi signed the ordinance n. 26 in which the contagion containment measures adopted so far are integrated with the mandatory use of medical masks as follows:

  • in closed spaces (public and private if open to the public), including on public means of transport and taxis, in presence of more than one person;
  • in open spaces (public or open to the public) in presence of more than one person;
  • the mandatory use does not apply to children under the age of six and to people who don’t tolerate the use of masks due to particular psychophysical conditions, proven by medical certification;
  • the municipalities will distribute the masks provided by the Regione Toscana through the regional civil protection system to all resident families.

The ordinance is valid for each Tuscan municipality from the date on which the distribution of masks is completed, until April 13 and, in any case, as long as the measures adopted by the President of the Council of Ministers in his last decree 19/2020 are valid.
In Lucca municipality the ordinance is valid from April 15. 

Download the full text of the Ordinance

How to use and wear masks


Extension of the urgent measures to contain the risk of contagion from Covid-19

On April 1, 2020, the President of the Council of Ministers signed a decree-law where all the previous measures to strengthen the containment and management of the epidemiological emergency from Covid-19 are extended until April 13.

We remind that the following activities are suspended: all frontal teaching activities, all travel and institutional missions, as well as all events, seminars and conferences, all nonessential industrial and commercial activities. All movements, even within the same territory, must be limited to proven work and health needs.

Download the full text of the decree


Closure industrial and commercial activities

On March 22, 2020, the President of the Council of Ministers Giuseppe Conte signed a decree-law introducing new measures to strengthen the containment and management of the epidemiological emergency from COVID-19, applicable on the whole national territory. From March 23 to April 3, 2020, all nonessential industrial and commercial activities are suspended, with the exception of those indicated in the decree.

Download the full text of the decree


#CuraItalia

On March 16, 2020, the Council of Ministers, on a proposal from President Giuseppe Conte and the Minister of Economy and Finance, Roberto Gualtieri, approved a decree-law introducing measures to strengthen the national health service and economic support for families, workers and businesses related to the epidemiological emergency from COVID-19.

Read the press release of the Council of Ministers n. 37
Watch the video of the press conference of President Conte with Ministers Gualtieri and Catalfo
Download the full text of the decree


Precautionary measures taken by the IMT School

The IMT School has implemented the various Decrees issued by the Italian Prime Minister - DPCM 04/03/2020, DPCM 08/03/2020 and DPCM 09/03/2020 -  by launching a series of precautionary measures valid for the entire academic community and for the potential external users of its activities and services.

The directorial decree of 19/03/2020 defines the telematic procedures for the following occasions: meetings of the governing bodies of the School, meetings of the Scientific Board, attendance of the compulsory training activity foreseen in the Study Plan of each Student and conduct of exams, theses discussion, meetings that involve students, researchers, professors and administrative staff, as well as lecturers, collaborators and external subjects.

The introduction of the precautionary measures taken by the IMT School to contrast the spread of the COVID-19 virus is sanctioned in the following directorial decree of 11/03/2020.

Until April 3, frontal teaching activities are suspended, but research activities do not stop. This means that the lessons will be rescheduled or, if possible, will be held remotely. Professors, researchers and PhD students will be able to continue their research activities independently in compliance with the hygiene and health rules set out in the Presidential Decree (Art. 2, paragraph 1, letter g).
As for teaching obligations, the School will guarantee the necessary flexibility. Exams and thesis discussions can be carried out remotely, where that is not possible, exams in presence can be carried out but hygiene and health standards must necessarily be respected, as well as the indications of the Ministry of Public Administration, Directive n.1 / 2020 (point 7). In particular, in the case of a written exam, candidates must be placed "chessboard-like". As for oral exams, only a limited number of people must be allowed to enter the classroom. Classrooms are equipped with an ethyl solution dispenser for hand washing.
The School will also guarantee additional thesis discussion sessions, according to the needs that should arise.

All travel and institutional missions, as well as all events, seminars and conferences are suspended until April 3.

In the San Francesco Campus, the residence will remain accessible only to internal users. Staying on the Campus is encouraged especially for students who do not have the opportunity to return home. On the other hand, recreational services such as the gym and sauna will remain closed.

Moreover, the School has limited the access to the Library and to the Canteen to internal users. As for the Canteen, the entrances is regulated by distributing students, researchers, teachers and administrative staff over four time slots. Glasses and cutlery are disposable and the chairs, reduced in number, have been positioned in "chessboard-like" in order to facilitate the compliance with the minimum recommended distance.

In all buildings, cleaning and hygiene interventions were also reinforced.

On the administrative front, measures have been taken that redistribute staff in their offices and encourage smart working, while meetings have been temporarily suspended.

It is very important that we all respect the ten hygiene measures in order to protect everyone's health.

For this reason, in accordance with the Prime Minister's Decree of 9 March 2020, all movements, even within the same territory, must be limited to proven work and health needs. For further information, it is possible to consult the Frequently Asked Questions on the Government website.
 


Rules to follow and useful numbers

According to the ordinance n. 9, 8/03/2020 of Tuscany Region whoever arrives - or in the last fourteen days has arrived - from one of the areas identified by the World Health Organization as at epidemiological risk or from one of the Italian areas such as the Lombardy region or the province of Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro and Urbino, Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Vercelli, Padua, Treviso, Venice, must carry out voluntary fiduciary isolation . It is necessary to communicate this circumstance, especially in the presence of symptoms, to your doctor or to the unique number of the Local Health Authority of reference (Azienda USL Toscana Centro: 055/5454777; Azienda USL Toscana Nord Ovest 050/954444; Azienda USL Toscana Sud Est : 800579579), active from 8.00 to 20.00 and from 20.00 to 8.00.

According to the ordinance issued on March 22, 2020, signed together by the Minister of Health and the Minister of Interior, all domestic travel are banned throughout the whole national territory. It is forbidden for individuals to travel, whether by public or private transportation, to a municipality that is different from the one in which they find themselves in. The unique exceptions are provable work reasons or reasons of absolute health emergency.


Useful links

Read all the measures taken by the Government
Read all the ordinances of the Tuscany Region
See the dedicated page on the Ministry of Health website
See the dedicated page on the Ministry of Education website
See the dedicated page on the website of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità
See the dedicated page on the World Health Organization website