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Covid-19: Oct. 7, 2020 Update

Covid-19: Oct. 7, 2020 Update

Wearing masks indoors and outdoors is once again obligatory in Italy

(Rome, 7 October 2020) The Council of Ministers approved the extension of the state of emergency in Italy to 31 January 2021 and approved, the Law Decree “Urgent measures connected with the extension of the declaration the state of epidemiological emergency from Covid-19 and for the operational continuity of the Covid alert system, as well as for the implementation of directive (EU) 2020/739 of June 3, 2020 ”  as proposed by President Giuseppe Conte and the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza.

Oct. 7, 2020- Roberto Speranza, Minister of Health, Italy Tweeted:

“The numbers of the infection are growing throughout Europe and of course also in Italy.
From today, masks are also required outdoors and tests for those arriving from Belgium, Holland, Great Britain and the Czech Republic.
Now more than ever everyone’s contribution is important to stop the virus.”

The Decree, published in the Official Gazette on the evening of October 7, 2020, enters into force October 8, 2020.

Read the law here: Decreto-legge 07 ottobre 2020 , n. 125

The health and safety measures established in the Decree of September 7, 2020 will be extended until October 15 and the provisions already in force that allow the government to adopt measures aimed and counter the health risks arising from the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus will further be extended to January 31, 2021.

Wearing masks outdoors and in indoor public places is manadtory. Use of the Immune App is highly reccomended as well.

Summary of the new guidelines:

Use of masks

The Decree introduces the obligation to always carry a mask. The masks must be worn not only in closed places accessible to the public, but more generally in indoor places other than private homes as well as in all outdoor places. Exceptions are made to these obligations, both indoors and outdoors, in cases where, due to the characteristics of the place or the factual circumstances, isolation and social distancing of non-cohabiting people is guaranteed. The anti-contagion protocols and guidelines established for economic, productive, administrative and social activities are reserved. In the workplace, therefore, the current safety rules continue to apply. Also subject to the guidelines for the consumption of food and drinks. Children under the age of six are excluded from the obligations, as well as those with pathologies or disabilities incompatible with the use of a mask. The use of masks will not be compulsory during sports activities.

Exceptions to the Regions

The Decree also intervenes on the right of the Regions to introduce measures in derogation from those envisaged at national level, pending the adoption of the decrees of the President of the Council of Ministers. It is envisaged that the Regions, within the limits of their regional competences and as provided for by decree-law no. 33 of 2020, may temporarily introduce more restrictive measures, or, only in the cases and in compliance with the criteria provided for by the Dpcm, even extending ones. In this case, an “understanding” is envisaged with the Minister of Health.

Extension of the Dpcm of 7 September 2020

Pending the adoption of a new Dpcm following the introduction of the new rules, the validity of the Dpcm of 7 September 2020 is extended until 15 October 2020.

Extension of the provisions already in force

The provisions already in force which provide for the possibility for the government to adopt measures aimed at containing and combating the health risks deriving from the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus are extended to 31 January 2021. In relation to the epidemiological trend and according to principles of adequacy and proportionality to the risk actually present, these measures may be established for specific parts or for the whole national territory and for predetermined periods, each lasting no more than thirty days, however reiterable and modifiable. .

Immune App

For the purpose of containing the contagion, after evaluating the impact in accordance with the European regulations on privacy, the interoperability of the “Immuni” application is envisaged with the platforms that operate, with the same purposes, in the territory of the European Union and is extended the period of use of the “Immune” application.

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