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Coronavirus: The situation at Lake Garda

Here, you will get well-informed and find everything you should know about the current situation in the regions surrounding Lake Garda. The COVID-19 emergency is still active and the following rules will apply until 30 April:

  • The state of emergency has been extended until 30th April. The regions are subdivided into colours, following the relative reproduction factors.
  • All regions must apply the regulations of an orange zone. Regions with a weekly incidence of more than 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants will become red automatically.
  • Entering Italy from a EU country (with a few exceptions) requires a negative test (within 48 hours before entering) and registration at the Sanitary Service as well as 5-day quarantine and another negative test after these five days.

Yellow zones: (there is no yellow region currently)

  • The shops are open.
  • Restaurants, cafés and bars are allowed to open from 5 am to 6 pm. Consummations at the table are allowed for a maximum of 4 persons, excluding people who live together. No food or drink may be consumed in public spaces after 6 pm and take away service is prohibited for bars. There is no time limit for overnight guests in restaurants in hotels.
  • It is allowed visiting one secondary home in the own region with a maximum of two persons once per day. Children under the age of 14 and disabled and dependent people living together with these persons are not counted here.
  • It is allowed visiting one secondary home, with the closest family only (special regulations of the single regions excluded).
  • Closed: gyms, swimming pools and ski areas.

Orange zones:

  • Bars and restaurants are closed. Take away and delivery services are allowed. There is no time limit for overnight guests in restaurants in hotels.
  • It is allowed visiting one secondary home, once a day, and with a maximum of two persons, in the same municipality. Children under the age of 14 and disabled and dependent people living together with these persons are not counted here.
  • It is only possible to move within one's own municipality or between municipalities with less than 5,000 inhabitants, within 30 km from the municipality border (also to another region or autonomous province), provincial capitals excluded. Visits of friends and family are included here.
  • It is allowed visiting one secondary home beyond the own region or municipality with the closest family only (special regulations of the single regions excluded).
  • Open: shops, hairdressers and cosmetic studios. In addition to the activities intended for the red zones.

Red zones:

  • Open are only: supermarkets, pharmacies, kiosks and tobacconists.
  • It is prohibited to go outside your house, except from health reasons or work requirements. It is prohibited to go to the secondary home (except from the Easter weekend).
  • It is allowed visiting one secondary home beyond the own region or municipality with the closest family only. The relative region or autonomous province can establish other restrictions.

White zones:

  • Nearly unlimited freedom of moving. The protection over mouth and nose and social distancing are still mandatory.
  • Regions only become white zones, if they have 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during 3 consecutive weeks, with a reproduction number under 1 and low risk).

The most important regulations fixed in former decrees at a glance:

  • People with a temperature higher than 37.5° must stay at home and contact the attending doctor.
  • A minimum distance of 1 meter must be kept.
  • If the distance cannot be kept, a protection over mouth and nose is mandatory.
  • Generally, you always must have a protection with you in case of necessity.
  • Kids under 6 years and persons who cannot wear a protection over mouth and nose for health reasons, are exempted from this obligation. For sports, a protection over mouth and nose is not mandatory.
  • Currently, there is a nighttime curfew between 10 pm and 5 am. If you move outside your private apartment for work or health reasons, you will need to have a self-declaration as proof.
  • Red zones are locked down: people cannot move outside them, the shops are closed, the restaurants can only realize a delivery service. Sports are allowed next to the house.
  • The rules for the different municipalities may vary according to the situation.

Travel information

Further information is available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Additional information for the regions around Lake Garda is available here:

General information is also available on the websites of the Italian government (www.governo.it - in Italian) and of the Italian civil defence: www.protezionecivile.gov.it (available in Italian and English).

Important phone numbers in Italy

If you are in Italy, you can call the hotline +39 1500 for further information or notifications. The province of Trentino has activated the free number 800 867 388, available from 8 am to 8 pm daily. The free number of Lombardy is 800 894 545, the one of Veneto 800 462 340.

Updated: 07/04/2021

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