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What changes about life in Italy in June 2021?

From vaccine appointments to reopenings and relaxed restrictions, here's a look at what's happening in Italy in June.

What changes about life in Italy in June 2021?
Spring flowers outside Milan's Bosco Verticale (vertical forest) building. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

Bars and restaurants reopen indoors

From June 1st, bars and restaurants can once again  serve customers indoors – as well as outdoors, which is already allowed.

This means businesses which don’t have outside seating can also reopen from this date.

READ ALSO: Indoor dining and later curfew: Italy’s timetable for easing Covid-19 restrictions

And at bars, customers will once again be allowed to drink their coffee at the counter – a common Italian habit, which has been forbidden since early March.

Sports stadiums can also reopen to the public from this date, at 25 percent of their maximum capacity.

Day off for Republic Day

Employees in Italy get the day off work on June 2nd. Republic Day, or the Festa della Repubblica, is a public holiday in Italy, and is seen by many as the beginning of summer and a chance to get away.

READ ALSO: The Italian holiday calendar for 2021

Photo: Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

Vaccinations open to all age groups

Everyone aged 16 and over will soon be eligible to book a Covid-19 vaccination appointment, according to the emergency commissioner.

“From June 3rd. all regions and provinces will be given the opportunity to open up to all classes following the national plan,” Italy’s Covid-19 emergency commissioner Francesco Figliuolo stated last week.

He said the vaccination campaign will also soon be extended to 12-to-15-year-olds.

READ ALSO: How do you get an Italian Covid vaccination certificate?

So far, Italy has made vaccination appointments available to people based on age and vulnerability, prioritizing older age groups and those considered at high risk because of medical conditions.

While most regions of Italy are currently still vaccinating older adults and others most at risk, some regional health authorities have already opened reservations to some younger age groups.

It doesn’t look like this change will be helpful to the many foreign residents who do not have an Italian health card (tessera sanitaria), as online appointment booking systems continue to require this. Find out more about what to do if you don’t have the health card here

People wait to be vaccinated at a hub within the Museum of Contemporary Art “Castello di Rivoli” near Turin. Photo: Marco BERTORELLO / AFP

All of Italy to become a ‘white zone’?

Three Italian regions were declared low-risk coronavirus ‘white’ zones on Monday May 31st, meaning they could drop most of the coronavirus restrictions in place elsewhere in the country.

This includes the evening curfew and the remaining restrictions on opening hours for businesses, including restaurants.

MAP: Which parts of Italy will become Covid-19 ‘white zones’ in June?

From June 6th, several more regions will also turn white, and most if not all of the country is expected to follow later in the month as the health ministry updates the restrictions weekly.

Find out more about the Italian ‘white zone’ rules and requirements here.

Evening curfew moves to midnight

From Monday June 7th, Italy’s current 11pm-5am evening curfew will be pushed back to midnight.

The curfew – intended to discourage social gatherings that could risk new coronavirus infections – is set to be eliminated entirely on June 21st in the so-called ‘yellow’ zones where it is in effect, the government has announced.

Digital ‘green pass’ to launch

A digital version of Italy’s health passport will be available by mid-June, the government has promised.

From June 15th larger gatherings and events like weddings will once again be allowed in Italy, and the ‘green pass’ will be required to attend them.

The health passport is also expected to be rolled out for international travel in June, though there is no definite start date yet.

Currently, the so-called certificato verde or ‘green pass’ is just any official certificate that states you have either been fully vaccinated, have recently tested negative, or have antibodies after recovering from Covid-19.

READ ALSO: What’s the latest on how the EU’s ‘Covid passports’ will work for travellers?

But the plan is to make those details visible in digital form, both online and via the government’s Immuni contact tracing app as well as its IO government admin app.

For those who prefer a hard copy, family doctors and pharmacists will be able to access vaccination records and print out a QR code that patients can scan at border controls or events, just like the digital version.

Right now, you cannot use proof of vaccination to skip quarantine: if you’re travelling to Italy you have to follow the rules on testing and isolation even if you are fully vaccinated.

Find out more about Italy’s ‘vaccine passport’ plans here.

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What changes about life in Italy in March 2022?

From the gradual easing of Covid restrictions to the clocks jumping forward an hour, here's what to expect in Italy in March.

What changes about life in Italy in March 2022?

International travel rules change

From March 1st, Italy will allow all fully-vaccinated or recently-recovered travellers from non-EU countries to enter the country without the additional need for a negative Covid test.

Any of a vaccination certificate, certificate of recovery or a negative test result will allow extra-EU arrivals entry into Italy without any quarantine requirement – so unvaccinated travellers and those not recovered from Covid-19 will be able to enter the country with just proof of a negative test.

EXPLAINED: How Italy’s travel rules change in March

Passengers can present certificates of recovery, vaccination or testing in digital or paper format.

All arrivals will still need to complete a digital passenger locator form (dPLF) – find the instructions and download link here.

See further details of the upcoming changes to the travel restrictions here.

International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day (la Giornata internazionale dei diritti della donna or simply la Festa della Donna in Italian) and while it’s not any kind of official holiday in Italy, it’s still widely recognised in the form of small-scale celebrations or marches and demonstrations.

You can expect to see bunches of feathery yellow mimosa flowers pop up in florists’ stalls, as it’s traditional in Italy to give these to a woman on International Women’s Day. 

According to Italian Marie Claire, the flower was chosen by early 20th century activists Rita Montagnana and Teresa Mattei both because it can readily be found flowering in the countryside in March, and because despite its delicate appearance, it’s deceptively strong and resilient.

Hospital visits for relatives and food and drink returns to cinemas

Following a unanimous vote by the Italian parliament’s Social Affairs Commission, March 10th is the date on which it will once again become possible for family members to visit their relatives in hospital.

READ ALSO: TIMELINE: When will Italy ease its coronavirus restrictions?

Those who are fully vaccinated and boosted will reportedly be able to access health facilities to visit their relatives without any further requirements, while people who haven’t received a booster shot will need a negative test to enter.

From the same date, it will also be possible to eat and drink in Italy’s cinemas, theatres, concert halls and sports stadiums, Italian news media reports.

Italy’s government had banned the consumption of food and beverages in these venues last Christmas Eve in response to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. 

Rome marathon

On March 27th, Rome will host its annual marathon once again.

Starting and ending by the Colosseum, the 26 mile course takes runners along the Tiber and past numerous historic sites including the ancient Roman Circo Massimo chariot race track, the Spanish Steps, Castel Sant’Angelo and St. Peter’s Basilica, to name a few.

That means if you’re planning on travelling around central Rome on this date, you should prepare for most of the roads to be cordoned off and for traffic to be significantly diverted.

The race starts at 8.30am, and the maximum completion time is six and a half hours. For those who aren’t fans of running, the event also welcomes power walkers, according to its official website.

The Rome marathon starts and ends at the Colosseum. Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP

The clocks go forward

March 27th is also the date Daylight Savings Time begins: the clocks jump forward at 2am, and everyone loses an hour of sleep.

While the EU voted in 2019 to scrap DST by 2021, a combination of Covid, Brexit, and an intra-EU stalemate (the EU Council and the EU Commission each insists the other needs to act first before anything can be done) has delayed putting a stop to the clock change, which means it will go ahead once again this March.

READ ALSO: Clocks go back in Italy despite EU deal on scrapping hour change

Italy, for one, is glad of the delays, having previously filed a formal request that the current system be kept in place.

That’s because in southern countries such as Italy or Spain daylight savings actually lengthens the days, helping people save on their energy bills – while in northern Europe the change doesn’t bring any such benefits.

Italy’s state of emergency ends

Italy’s current state of emergency or stato di emergenza, in place since January 31st, 2020, will end on March 31st, 2022, Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced at a business conference on February 23rd. 

The state of emergency is the condition which has allowed the Italian government to bring in emergency measures by decree over the past two years.

READ ALSO: Italy to end Covid state of emergency and cut ‘super green pass’, PM confirms

Bringing the state of emergency to an end doesn’t automatically mean that all current restrictions will be immediately dropped; however Draghi has already confirmed that after March 31st, some rules will be removed.

These include the abolition of Italy’s four-tiered colour coded system of Covid restrictions; the removal of outdoor mask mandates throughout Italy; and an end to the requirements for schoolchildren to wear high-grade FFP2 masks in the classroom or to quarantine if one of their classmates tests positive for the virus.