Coronavirus combat measures: Lockdown ordered across Italy for 1 month to fight Covid-19; what it means
The whole of Italy will be placed under lockdown until next month, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Monday, in an unprecedented new attempt to beat coronavirus in Europe`s worst-affected country. The move extends measures introduced at the weekend for much of the wealthy north of the country.
Here is a summary of the main points. All the new rules are valid until April 3.
THE AFFECTED AREAS
The decree says people should only move around for reasons of work, for health needs or for emergencies. Public transport will remain operational, but Conte told reporters he wanted as many people as possible to stay at home. People who do want to travel will need to fill in a document explaining their reasons for doing so and carry it with them. If they are found to have lied they face possible fines or jail terms. (Photo: Reuters)
All outdoor gatherings are banned. All events organised in the private or public sector, from culture to sport, religious activities and fairs are suspended. Cinemas, museums, theatres, pubs, dance schools, betting shops and discos must all close. Ski resorts must close. Civil and religious ceremonies will not be held. Schools and universities will remain shuttered. Specialist health training is not be suspended. (Photo: Reuters)