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Milan is in the Covid-19 Red zone, what now?

Milan is in the Covid-19 Red zone, what now?

Italy’s new colors: Yellow, Orange, and Red
New Guidelines and Health Decree starting Nov. 6, 2020

In efforts to curb the second wave of the recent COVID-19 upsurge, Italy will have a new color code classification system that will classify the Covid-19 criticality of each region. Red, Orange or Yellow will indicate what kind of lockdown or shelter in place restrictions will be implemented. Color codes are assigned by the government and Minister of Health and will depend on the degree of risk and local statistics reported in each region.

At a glance:

  • Italy has been color coded according to COVID-19 risk factors
  • Milan in Lombardy is in the Red zone, a critical high alert area
  • A night curfew has been instated and during the day you need a self-declaration certificate stating your reason for being out.
  • The new decree will remain in effect from Nov. 6 to Dec.3, 2020

The New Dcpm, Nov. 4, 2020

On the evening of Wednesday, November 4, the Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, illustrated in a press conference the new measures to combat and contain the Covid-19 emergency contained in the Presidential Decree of November 3, 2020 and in force from November 6 .

The new Dpcm* identifies three areas: yellow, orange and red corresponding to the different levels of criticality in the regions of the country.

*Dpcm = Decreto del Presidente del Consiglio dei Ministri (Presidential Decree)

The color classifications and measures will be put into effect from November 6 to December 3 and are documented in the new decree.

As the President explained during his speech, the assignment of these risk categories may be susceptible to changes during the evolution of the epidemic curve and will always be adequate and proportionate to it. The inclusion of the Regions in the various areas will be determined by order of the Minister of Health and will depend exclusively on the risk coefficient reached in each Region. 

The official Italian Government website states, “The coefficients are determined according to criteria of objectivity through a combination of various parameters resulting from the periodic monitoring carried out jointly by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, the Ministry of Health and the representatives of the Regions and shared with the Technical-Scientific Committee.”

Color codes

  • Yellow, moderate criticality
  • Orange, medium to high criticality
  • Red, high alert

Currently, according to the Ordinance of the Minister of Health of 4 November , the following regions are colored coded as:

  • Yellow area : Abruzzo, Basilicata, Campania, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Marche, Molise, Provinces of Trento and Bolzano, Sardinia, Tuscany, Umbria, Veneto.
  • Orange Area : Puglia, Sicily.
  • Red area : Calabria, Lombardy, Piedmont, Valle d’Aosta.

Milan is in the Red zone, what now?

Milan in Lombardy has been classified as Red, a high alert area.



From 10pm to 5am throughout Italy it is forbidden to leave your home except for work or warranted reason such as health or medical reasons. During the day it is recommended to not travel or use public or private means of transport, except for work, study, or for health/medical purposes or necessity or to use services which have not been suspended (pharmacies, supermarkets, hairdressers etc.)

Local Travel & Transportation

Travel is prohibited except for warranted reasons such as work or for health. You will need a self-signed certificate stating where and why you are out and about. Parents may accompanying young children to school.

Travel for work or other warranted reasons between provinces and communities is allowed with the self-signed certificate. Travel outside of a Red Zone is prohibited.

Public transport will remain operational and allow 50% capacity and no more than 80%. 

Stores & Businesses

  • All retail stores will be closed except food, pharmacies, newsagents and tobacconists. Non-food markets will be closed. 
  • All shopping centers, malls and outlets will be closed.
  • Bars, pubs, restaurants, ice cream parlors, pastry shops will also be closed: except for take-away and home delivery which is allowed up to 10 pm (national curfew).
  • Hairdressers will remain open, but beauticians will be closed.
  • Museums and galleries are closed.
  • Gaming, Bingo and Betting halls are closed.
  • Industrial and commercial production may continue to do business, provided that all anti-covid protocols are respected. 


Nursery schools and elementary schools will remain open. Distance /online learning is mandatory for middle school (seconda media), high school levels and universities. Children older than six years of age will be required to wear masks in class.


Individual sport practice outdoors such as cycling, walking, jogging, individual yoga is allowed provided that you stay near your home. You must wear a mask and keep a one-meter distance from other people. 

Parks and public gardens will remain open. 

Amateur and team sports have been suspended. Only events and competitions which are organized on a national or international level and recognized by national sport associations CONI and CIP are allowed. Events are to be held inside sports facilities behind closed doors or outdoors without the presence of the public.

Gyms, swimming pools, wellness centers, and spas are closed, as well as cultural centers, social centers and recreation centers, except for those defined as centers providing assistance, for example physiotherapy.


Airline travel is still in operation but is limited and discouraged.

Cruise and passenger ships have been suspended. Foreign-flagged cruise ships are permitted to enter Italian ports exclusively for the purpose of ‘idle’ parking. 

All health measures may be susceptible to change and modification.


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What to do if you suspect you have Covid-19:

  • call your family doctor
  • call the toll free Covid-19 hotline 1500
  • find a covid-19 testing center near you*

    **Covid-19 testing is covered by the public health system if you have a referral from your family doctor. Private testing is also available in hospitals and clinics.

For Covid-19 information and national updates consult the Italian Ministry of Health website

Article by Anthony Ryan, Easy Milano

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