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Milan is in the Covid-19 Yellow zone, what now? (Update May 2021)

Milan is in the Covid-19 Yellow zone, what now? (Update May 2021)

Updated May 3, 2021

Since November 2020 Italy was assigned a new color code classification system classifying the Covid-19 risk of each region. Red, Orange or Yellow indicate what kind of lockdown or shelter in place restrictions are implemented. White, indicating low risk had been introduced and applied briefly (in Sardinia) but was promptly removed.
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.

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Color codes

  • White, low risk
  • Yellow, moderate risk
  • Orange, medium to high risk
  • Red, high risk alert

Update: Lombardy is in the Yellow zone

What to expect from April 26- May 15

  •  Yellow zone   – Abruzzo, Campania, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardy, Marche, Molise, Piedmont, Tuscany, Umbria and Veneto and to the autonomous provinces of Bolzano and Trento;
  • Orange zone  – Basilicata, Calabria, Puglia, Sardinia and Sicily;
  •  Red zone   – Valle d’Aosta region.

Italy Yellow zone at a glance:

Open in the Italy Yellow Zones

  • Schools for nursery, elementary and middle school levels
  • High school and university laboratory or exams (some areas are still offering hybrid; in person/online learning)
  • Retail stores and boutiques
  • Museums, exhibitions, galleries, cinemas, and theatres (open to limited numbers with reservations, preassigned seating in theatres and social distancing)
  • Malls and shopping centers (open only weekdays)
  • Hairdressers, barbers, beauticians
  • Spas (for health and rehabilitation therapy only)
  • Dance lessons, Yoga lessons, Pilates lessons (may be carried out outdoors, indoor from June 1)
  • Restaurants, bars, cafes may remain open until 6 PM (table service is permitted for outdoor seating only, take-away until 10pm is permitted, from June 1 indoor dinning will be permitted)
  • Private healthcare facilities
  • Travel from town to town or yellow region to yellow region without self-sign declaration is permitted
  • Public transportation limited to 80%.

Closed in the Italy Yellow Zones

  • Discos and dancehalls (closed)
  • Sports events, stadium (closed until June 1, after which will open to 25% capacity)
  • Spas (closed for recreational use, from July 1, with protocols and some restrictive measures will be open to the public)
  • Trade fairs and conferences (closed until June 15, participants will need the new COVID-19 green certificate)
  • Malls and shopping centers (closed on weekends/holidays)
  • Pools and gyms (closed to public until May 15, some exceptions for sport federation training)
  • Dance lessons, Yoga lessons, Pilates lessons (may be carried out outdoors, indoor from June 1) Amusement parks (closed until July 1)
  • Travel to orange or red zones without legitimate reasons is not permitted



In yellow zones, curfew has been pushed up to midnight.

Curfew is in place throughout Italy from 10 PM to 5 AM.


Wearing masks and protection is obligatory both indoors and outdoors.
 Masks are not obligatory while doing sports, when eating or drinking, when you are alone or at home or in cases where isolation is guaranteed.


Gatherings should be limited to 4 people.

The Green Pass (new digital travel pass)

From June 15, to travel to another region for non-essential reasons such tourism, travel between regions and to attend some events such as trade fairs and conferences will require  a “green pass” proving you have been vaccinated or recovered within the last 6 months or tested negative for Covid-19 within the last 48 hours.

The green pass (a digital QR code with your id and details) is issued when:

  • a vaccine has been completed and is valid for 6 months,
  • a doctor can declare you have recovered from Covid-19 within the past 6 months or
  • a test has been administered within the last 48 hours.

You do not need a green pass if you returning to your place of residence.

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