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 new decree provides new regulations for the period from 16th January to 5th March 2021. The new regulations at a glance:
- The state of emergency has been extended until 30th April.
- The ski areas are closed until 15th February 2021.
- From 16th January until 15th February, travelling between the regions and autonomous provinces is prohibited. Journeys for urgent health reasons or work requirements are allowed. Going back to the primary residence is possible. It is not allowed to move to a secondary residence beyond the own region or autonomous province. A self-declaration (PDF in Italian) is necessary for all journeys.
- The regions are divided into zones, based on their relative reproduction number. The zones are: yellow, orange, red and white.
Yellow zones (reproduction number under 1):
- 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.
- Museums can open, on weekdays only.
- 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.
- Closed: gyms, swimming pools, theatres, cinemas and ski areas.
Orange zones (reproduction number over 1 or high risk):
- It is prohibited to visit secondary homes in the own region.
- 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 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, provincial capitals excluded.
- Open: shops, hairdressers and cosmetic studios.
Red zones (reproduction number over 1,25):
- Open are only: supermarkets, pharmacies, kiosks and tobacconists.
- It is allowed visiting a maximum of two persons in a private flat within the region only once per day. Children under the age of 14 are not counted here.
- It is prohibited to go outside your house, except from health reasons or work requirements.
White zones (reproduction number under 1 or low risk):
- 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.
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.