Beginning on June 3, visitors within the Schengen zone will
be allowed to enter Italy with no obligation to self-isolate. Italians will
also be able to move between regions, though local authorities can limit travel
if infections spike.
Movements to and from abroad can be limited by regional
decree "in relation to specific states and territories, in accordance with
the principles of adequacy and proportionality to the epidemiological
risk", the government said.
Meanwhile restrictions on travel within the same region will
be dropped from Monday, May 18th, the draft states.
That means that, as expected, you will no longer need an
'autocertificazione' form to go outside after this weekend.
And while currently you can only leave your own town for
urgent or essential reasons, from Monday you'll be able to visit friends, stay
at your second home, go to the beach or take a holiday within your own region –
unless the regional authorities there decide otherwise.
The latest decree is welcome news for Italy's agricultural
sector, which relies on roughly 350,000 seasonal workers from abroad.
Farming lobby group Coldiretti said farms were already
preparing to organize some 150,000 workers from places including Romania,
Poland and Bulgaria.
The peak of Italy's contagion passed at the end of March but
with experts warning a second wave cannot be ruled out, Conte had been
reluctant to lift the lockdown quickly.
He faced pressure from Itay's regional governments, with
some already allowing businesses to reopen before the restrictions were lifted.
Restaurants, bars and hairdressers are being allowed to
reopen on Monday, two weeks earlier than initially planned.
Shops will also open and Italians will finally be able to
see friends, as long as they live within their same region.