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Coronavirus COVID-19 up dates

a gradual re-opening until Sunday 31 May

General advice for the public and basic protective

measures against the new coronavirus.


For more info see https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

Wash your hands frequently Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick. Practice respiratory hygiene Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.


These are the latest decisions

by the Lombardy government

until Sunday 31 May.

What should you know if you are in Milano?

Everyone has to abide by the following rules:

Everywhere in town it is important to regulate the number of people whether they are walking outdoors or wanting to enter a public place

Everyone has to follow the droplet criterion (at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between themselves and anyone else)

Everyone must respect all the rules on prevention, including wearing masks and gloves. Children under six can avoid wearing mask and gloves.

Those who carry out intense intense sport activity can avoid the use of a mask during thier physical activity but must maintain social distancing.

In addition it is important to know:

1) from Monday 18 May, more mobility is possible but within Lombardy only.

2) you must avoid to travel out of Lombardy except for health and business needs or reasons of necessity. If you need to travel it is obligatory to carry a valid self-certification form with you.

3) having a fever higher than 37.5° you are strongly recommended to stay at home and to inform your doctor

4) if you are subjected to quarantine or positive for the virus you must stay at home.

Hospitals are regularly open.

Churches holy masses and religious activities are regularly open by rules to regulate the number of accesses

Chemist’s shops, pharmacies, groceries, tobacconists, newsagents, petrol pumps, banks, shops, bars, museums, and hairdressers are regularly open.Everyone has to abide by the rules to regulate the number of accesses.

Restaurants, trattorias, pizzerias, self-service restaurants, bars, pubs, patisseries, ice-cream and fry shops, are obliged to:

1) privilege access by reservation if they have tables with seats

2) if they do not have seats, they must allow entry to a limited number of customers at a time

3) where possible set up outdoor spaces such as gardens, terraces, stalls, always respecting the the droplet criterion (at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance

4) self-service is not allowed

5) accept payments by visa card only

6) make available free hydro-alcoholic solutions for hand hygiene.

Museums, archives, libraries, historic places, monuments and other cultural activities are open and obliged to:

1) define, publish and communicate a specific access plan for visitors, such as opening days, times, maximum number of visitors, booking system, etc.

2) make available free hydro-alcoholic solutions for hand hygiene.

3) accept online or telephone reservations with a maximum number of visitors and regulate access in order to avoid gathering conditions.

4) accept payments by visa card only

The public transport service is currently operating regularly across the entire network. They are carrying out a daily careful disinfection on all vehicles and will regulate the number of accesses. All passengers are requested to respect all the rules on prevention, including wearing masks and gloves.

Only 26 (normally they are 94) weekly open-air street markets can now set up their stalls, always in compliance with safety distances. Special barriers oblige the entry and exit paths. Some attendants will measure body temperature at the entrance.

Grocery supermarkets and shopping malls open with extended hours giving access to a limited number of customers who must wear mask and gloves. Attendants measure body temperature before the entrance.

All fenced parks are now normally open to the public. Here it is allowed to walk at a distance of 1 meter (3 feet) from other people, to run at a distance of 2 meters (6 feet) from other people, and sit on the benches at 1 meter (3 feet) from other people.

Individual sporting activities in the parks and gardens are possible wearing a mask and following the droplet criterion (at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone else).

Area B and Area C are opened to traffic.

Lots of museums, theatres, companies and orchestras are organising activities on their social media pages to entice followers to tour their arts virtually. Please visit their websites for further information on the initiatives.

Schools, universities, exhibitions and art venues, all theatres and cinemas, beauty salons, gyms, sports centres, swimming pools, spas are closed until further notice.

All group outdoor sporting and physical activities are totally banned.

Football matches are closed.

Due to the current lockdown in Milan

we regret to inform you

that the calendar of events

will be temporarily suspended.

We will be back on line

as soon as activities in the city

will go back to normal.

This calendar is a work in progress

as soon as we receive more information

we will add them day by day.


Press release from the British Embassy Rome

IOM in Italy to support British Nationals who want to regulate their status in Italy  Supporting British Nationals with the necessary local procedures to obtain and maintain their right to be resident in Italy after the end of the transition period.

This is the objective of a new programme launched by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) with funding from the UK Government. The British Embassy in Rome will be supporting IOM as it carries out this important work. The programme is part of a wider initiative through which the UK government and IOM aim to reach and provide assistance to approximately 30,000 British citizens in Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain. Laurence Hart, Director for the IOM Mediterranean Coordination Office, said: “We are delighted to be able to take forward this extremely useful and valuable activity here in Italy”. “IOM will facilitate access to the necessary information about residency requirements for British Nationals in Italy. We will also provide direct support on completing paperwork for all those who might be having difficulties in taking forward the required procedures introduced here”. Cookie preferences
Information will be made available on dedicated webpages on both the IOM and British Embassy in Italy websites (see Living in Guide). IOM will also be offering help to individuals with specific issues, especially those with chronic disease, disability or those experiencing language or technical barriers. “This initiative will provide direct support to British Nationals, to ensure they avoid finding themselves with an irregular status in Italy. It will also help key Italian institutions streamline the completion of the necessary paperwork”. IOM’s work will complement the UK government’s strategy, which includes the allocation of £3 million in support of organisations helping British Nationals across several European countries. This will assist British nationals with bureaucratic and administrative procedures that are required to regulate their status in Europe. ‘We welcome IOM’s new service for UK nationals to help them regulate their status here in Italy, so they can continue to enjoy their rights after the end of the transition period”, said Jill Morris, British Ambassador to Italy. The new programme will be launched later this month and will run for 12 months, i.e. until 31 March 2021. [The measures Italy has put in place in response to the coronavirus means that UK nationals should not try to register their residency at this time. IOM stands ready to support UK nationals in registering with their local town hall when restrictions are lifted].  

For further information please contact: IOM: Flavio Di Giacomo, Press Office, tel+39.347.0898996, email: fdigiacomo@iom.int – iomromepress@iom.int