Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, October 28, 2020

Location:  Italy

Event: The Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Italy recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel (including tourism) to Italy. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Health Notice for Italy due to COVID-19 concerns and similarly recommends that travelers defer all nonessential travel to Italy.

On October 24, 2020, the Italian government issued a new decree enacting new health measures to restrict the spread of COVID-19.  Valid until November 24, 2020, this decree extends protections in place requiring the use of masks country-wide, permits regional officials to restrict access to public locations and impose curfews, and requires the closure of facilities such as gyms, swimming pools, cinemas, and theaters, amongst others.  During this time, it is important to remain aware of restrictions in place within your region, and you can visit the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for additional information on Italian government decrees and measures.

During this period, demonstrations may occur frequently, and they may take place in response to political or economic issues, on politically significant holidays, and during international events.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly become violent.  Avoid areas around protests and demonstrations and check local media for updates and traffic advisories.  Security Messages for U.S. citizens pertaining to demonstrations can be found on the Embassy’s website.

In line with the decree’s protocols, the Italian government encourages individuals to go outdoors only for essential reasons such as work, school, or health during this period.  Please also continue to follow the three W’s: wash your hands, wear your mask, and watch your distance (six feet/two meters).

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