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The ski lifts are closed until February 15, gyms, swimming pools and cinemas until March 5, museums can open from Monday to Friday but only in the yellow band, food and drinks can only be purchased in bars until 6pm: the government confirms the tightening in the new Dpcm approved to stop the infections from Covid-19 in force since January 16. And set the calendar of prohibitions. It maintains the system of dividing Italy by color bands and pending monitoring this morning confirms that the high-risk regions will automatically go to orange. Reiterates the curfew from 10pm to 5am and the obligation to wear a mask outdoors and indoors. “The signals coming from other European states are not good. We expect a higher Rt, it could reach 1.10, last week it was 1.03 », warns Health Minister Roberto Speranza.

State of emergency extended

The government has also extended the Covid-19 state of emergency until at least April 30th, the health minister announced on Wednesday. The state of emergency does not determine the rules.

However, it allows the govenment to bypass red tape, speeding up the response to the changing coronavirus situation by passing new rules under emergency decrees.

Orange and red
According to the latest data, from Monday 18 January the orange band could be Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardy, Marche, Piedmont, the autonomous province of Bolzano, the autonomous province of Trento, Puglia, Umbria and Veneto. On the other hand, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna and Calabria are poised towards the red. Tuscany, Molise and Campania could remain in yellow.
Prohibition of take-out
In the orange or red regions bars and restaurants remain closed, in the yellow ones they will be able to open until 6pm, always with the rule of maximum four people at the table. Home delivery is always allowed after 6pm, but take-away will be prohibited for bars. A decisive measure to avoid gatherings in front of the premises. “Catering in hotels and other receptive structures is allowed without time limits, limited to its customers, who are accommodated there”.
New white band

Italy is adding an extra tier to its system of varying restrictions: white, reserved for parts of the country where the coronavirus risk is lowest.

In regions with “type 1 scenario and low risk level, where in the relative territory there is a weekly incidence of infections, for three consecutive weeks, less than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants” the white band is triggered and all activities can be opened .

These areas will be exempt from the restrictions in place in yellow, orange or red zones, including the curfew and 6pm closing time for bars and restaurants.

So far, none of Italy’s 20 regions currently meet the criteria, going by the latest health data; the region that comes closest is Tuscany, where the rate of incidence is still around three times higher than it would need to be.

Gyms and swimming pools
The ban on opening gyms and swimming pools has been extended until March 5, but next week the CTS could approve the new guidelines proposed by the Ministry of Sport and authorize at least individual lessons.
Regional borders

The borders cannot be crossed even if the regions are in the yellow band. According to the new provision, “until February 15, 2021 any movement in and out between the territories of different regions or autonomous provinces is prohibited, except for movements motivated by proven work needs or situations of necessity or for health reasons. In any case, it is possible to return to one’s residence, domicile or home ».

There remains the exception on “travel from municipalities with a population not exceeding 5,000 inhabitants and for a distance not exceeding 30 kilometers from the relative borders, with the exclusion in any case of travel to provincial capitals”.

Visits for two
The government has inserted the rule on visits to friends and relatives which risks arousing controversy as it limits meetings in private homes. In fact, it decides that even in the regions in the yellow band “the movement towards a single inhabited private house is allowed, within the regional territory, once a day, in a period of time between 5 and 22, and within the limits of two people further than those already living there, in addition to minors under the age of 14 over whom such persons exercise parental authority and disabled or non self-sufficient persons living together “.
Museums and cinemas
The museums and exhibitions are open in yellow zones “from Monday to Friday with the exception of public holidays” and with limited admissions. Cinemas and theaters are still closed.
Ski lifts
The reopening of the ski lifts initially scheduled for January 18th has been postponed. In the new Dpcm it is written that “starting from February 15, 2021, the lifts are open to amateur skiers”, but “specific guidelines by the Conference of Regions and Autonomous Provinces” will have to be developed. by the Technical-Scientific Committee, aimed at avoiding aggregations of people and, in general, gatherings “.
Residency permits extended

Good news if your permesso di soggiorno was due to expire by April 30th: it will be automatically extended until May 20th, giving you a few extra weeks to go to your local police headquarters to renew it.

Elections postponed

The deadlines to hold any upcoming special parliamentary elections and municipal elections have been pushed back to May 20th.

 

Source: www.thelocal.it

 

 

How this Expat deals with isolation during the pandemic in Italy! 1We asked Patrizia Di Gregorio the founder if she can add some humor and tell us how she really feels about this covid19 situation and if she has a message for the Expats’ community!

So she starts “A message to the community?” “Yeah great!” Let them know we are deeply sorry that their bucket list are empty and that we are all on a “DREAM VACATION” and not to think of it as a nightmare. Be positive and find something online or outdoors to do.  The cost of living is going down, you can now get that rental you couldn’t afford. That is good news.

She continues with “Shit I don’t know,  I am sure we all feel the same right? We are all living with these uncertain times and it’s not easy. Lucky we are in Italy.  Could be a worse situation.  You want funny?  Nothings funny right now guys!  I am worried for myself and really the world”.

Anyone that knows you, knows you are social butterfly! How are you dealing with the Isolation?

I am doing ok! Sad and lonely like everyone else. But most of us already are away from friends and family so that part is not hard to do! I hear from some that are not doing well mentally. I have my ups and downs too. It’s a mind game right now. Keep yourself busy and stay sane.

Listen guys! I have been separated from my family and friends for 20 years since my deportation so it’s not really fair to ask me. I didn’t wake up one day and move! I was forced to live here. Isolation or separation same thing, I lived this before you experienced it. I also know expats from other countries that can NOT go back home regardless of a pandemic. Part of me likes the fact that others know how that feels now.  Immigration laws separate families, it doesn’t feel so good does it?

Since Patrizia’s interview in late 2018 where she is on hey sal podcast (watch here) where she talks about her deportation and her struggles on arrival. Patrizia renewed her US Visa and was denied and currently fighting another battle. She does not believe she will see her children, grandchildren and family till 2024. Yes! Mamma Expat is also  known as Nonnabella and plays fortnite with her precious 5-year old grandson Sj. Unfortunately she hasn’t met the newborn “Miles” yet.

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What about Meet & Greet? I think we will meet again in April/May 2021 and hope sooner. In the last 20 years Expats Living in Rome has been successful with +80 members forced you to make friends… ha ha .. we focused on making friends and networking. From what I seen happen in June to October  when we were meeting again on our covid19 summer break, people were desperate to meet again.  We we were back in full swing in no time. We need the meetups more now than before. We are organizing language exchange and quiz nights online for now.

What advice can you give those that are feeling lonely? Stay out the fridge, learn something new, keep yourself especially your mind busy.  Have an urge to travel? Move from the living room to the kitchen. Yes! The kitchen our favorite place to be when bored lonely or hungry!  In my case I go to check if the light works, lol! Really, I take a minute to say thank god I have a home, food and wifi! Count your blessing not your problems. That is how I get through it.

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It’s nice to meet other Expats in Rome and make friendships, but keeping them is the problem.  The change over for Expats in Rome is 3 to 6 months, depending on your visa limitation and the difficulty of getting a visa makes it illegal to stay. Sadly, most expats leave and some come back! Others get lucky and acquire citizenship or get married.  There is a small percentage of Expats in Rome that have been here +5 years.  This month we will be reaching out to them and finding out how and why!

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These expats have opened their own businesses, retired or also fallen in love!  Mazen & Carolyn met in Rome and now in the US, what happened to these 2 study abroad expats? We have their story here  “An Italian love story… between expatriates”.

Patrizia Di Gregorio, our founder has been living in Rome since 2000. If you do not know her story. Get inspired by how she was deported back to Italy! ( listen to her podcast video interview).

John Henderson retired in Rome, and has a blog about not just retiring in Rome. John has traveled to 107 countries and has written travel stories from nearly half of them. On Jan. 5, 2014 he retired after nearly 40 years as a sportswriter, the last 23 with The Denver Post, and moved to Rome.

Shirley Lawson is a perfect example of an Expat… she has to live in Italy! Shirley ONE of the first expats in Rome members! She moved from Scotland, where she’d been a successful model and a TV actress. She was a mess, like most of us so don’t feel you are alone, especially now with Covid19 restrictions making it even harder for Expats to connect! Watch this 2 minute video where Patrizia, Shirley and others share their feelings back in 2007. Shirley talks about how difficult it was for her to learn the language! Back then with her Scottish accent even the Americans couldn’t understand her!



Let’s talk more about Shirley, remember she is the ONE that can’t let go! She moved to Rome in 2002 where she stayed for 8 years before moving to Dubai for another 8 years. When in Dubai she wanted to move back to Rome or Italy again! She invested in property and opened “Podere Umbro Guest Houses – Città della Pieve, Italy”  where we often organize events in the summer! The last 4 years, she has been spending half the year in Umbria and half in Dubai where she’s had her own business as a photographer  “Diva Boudoir Photography by Shirley Lawson”. She brought Boudoir photography to the Middle East and only shoots mature women for the last 12 years!

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INSTAGRAM @shirlz_lawINSTAGRAM @shirlz_law

More about Shirley! She loves to travel, but not just to visit other countries but to live there and experience them in their reality and not just when you’re on vacation. So when the opportunity came to go to Rome she jumped at it. She’d been to Rome many times and loved it! Her boyfriend at the time was Italian and they’d had a 4-year long-distance relationship, Her older sister and brother both married Italians so she also spent loads of vacations there as a child. She loved the language, the food, the culture, the weather and fashion of the whole package. Her mother is Greek so the whole Mediterranean thing wasn’t new.

Was it hard living in Rome?  It’s fucking hard living in Rome… at first. And that first lasted a long time, well for me it did, it took me a good 3 or 4 years to feel I was somewhere I could actually live. I mean everything in life takes time, doesn’t it? Grief, broken heart, any kind of trauma will eventually diminish with time, so I stuck it out. I also had the added incentive of having two young kids who settled into school and Italian life almost immediately and you’re only ever as happy as your kids are, right? My special needs boy was getting all the care he could possibly get and that was a huge plus.”

You were driving on the other side of the road in your country. Were you able to drive in Rome? I’m a pretty confident driver, the kind of woman who shouts at other drivers to get a move on or rolls my eyes at women, sorry women but it is mainly you guys, who can’t park. But fuck me. Rome is a whole other ball game. It’s the Wacky Races out there! Firstly, there’s the small problem of learning to use the car on the other side and drive on the other side too. That came quickly enough for me. The most difficult part was understanding that Romans have their own rules, they follow them well, but they’re made up and belong to them only and if you’re not from Rome, you don’t know them!!! They need to be learned by trial and loads of error. Having horns blasted at you all the time and not actually knowing what you’d done wrong was so frustrating and quite frightening actually. And of course, I had to get a bike. You can’t live in Rome without driving a small motorbike around. I think I watched too many old movies and me and Audrey Hepburn were gonna be BFF’s whizzing around Rome taking in the sights together in my fantasy. The reality was that I’d never driven a bike. I didn’t even have a bicycle as a kid, so I was pretty shitty and car drivers were not patient. Dodging in and out of heavy traffic with centimeters to spare was bloody terrifying. But we don’t experience anything if we stay in our bubble of comfy, do we? But I wasn’t feeling it, and I was feeling that I might just be failing.

What did you miss from your country? I missed food! I know that sounds crazy to say when you live in Italy but Italians are soooo traditional with their food that that’s all you can have! I think times have changed since then and world cuisine is now available in Rome, but in the early years you literally had Italian food and nothing else. In restaurants, in supermarkets, it was only Italian. And as much as I love it, enough is enough and I just wanted a Mexican, Chinese or an Indian meal every now and again! I couldn’t even find ingredients to make my own at home. I’m back in Italy again now for the lockdown and it’s a tiny town, so I’m basically back to Rome 20 years ago haha, i can’t find anything to eat but Italian (laughs). God, I love to punish myself, don’t I?

Other clubs or activities you joined in Rome? I joined the English Theatre of Rome, I built and painted sets, I was an in-house photographer, I did readings for young new playwrights on balmy summer nights on the roof terrace of the theatre’s director drinking wine and eating her amazing pasta, and I thought yeah, this is ok. This is what I imagined Rome to be. I was also shooting fashion in my photography, Rome has the best backdrop scenery in the world for this!

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INSTAGRAM @shirlz_law

How did you make friends and connections? My first real friendships were when I found Expats in Rome group on MSN. ‘’Expats living in Rome’’ I read online, hey that’s me! It was so lovely to chat with other expats and bitch about our struggles.  Of course, being married to an Italian I didn’t have anyone to bitch to about how bloody hard it is to live there! Poor guy hadn’t a clue what my problem was. The bureaucratic system was nothing I had ever experienced, but that’s a whole other interview. But now, with E.I.R, I could message new friends and see if they wanted to grab a beer or a pizza. A whole new world, and the odd Tuesday and Saturday night, I could hop on my bike and meet up with the Expat meet ups where there were always people you knew and loads of like-minded people you didn’t know. Expats are a breed apart from normal humans. They’re ballsy and not afraid to take chances. Unless they’re expat spouses who’re just following their husband/wife around for their job, they’re a different kettle of fish. But real expats are people who’ve packed up their lives and everything they know, left their friends and family, put everything they own into storage and sent other things in crates overseas to meet them months later, all on the hunch that if nothing else happens it’s a new experience.  I really am grateful for the expat community all over the world. The personalized ones are better but they have international organizations that also offer the same more or less. The best thing is to join them and get all they offer, make connections and pick your friends that are going to live in that country for a while.

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Podere Umbro Guest Houses – Città della Pieve, Italy @podereumbro

So what was really going on with learning Italian? Did you finally have a conversation or not? I eventually picked up enough Italian to get by when shopping and if they didn’t understand me, I didn’t give a fuck anymore HA! I’m fine now of course.

What about Umbria? Has to be lonely out there miles from nothing…. That, and buying the derelict farmhouse back in Umbria 4 years ago and restoring it ourselves, that’s a whole other blog too…haha! But it’s beautiful here, such a stunning part of the world and close enough to nip to other cities, including Rome!!

What about Dubai? I can’t think of a city more extreme and on the complete opposite side of the spectrum than Rome is to Dubai. But Dubai expat life is a whole other story and interview…

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“Diva Boudoir Photography by Shirley Lawson”

Want to know more about Shirley? Follow here on INSTAGRAM @shirlz_law @divaboudoir.by.shirley 

Podere Umbro Guest Houses – Città della Pieve, Italy @podereumbro 

We asked Shirley to participate in “Real Expats Stories on Wednesday January 20@21:00 on line” only 4 max can join each story.

 

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Bus and metro in Rome from Christmas Eve to New Year: all the info and timetables

The stop for a few hours during Christmas, the metro lines A, B and C active from 5:30 until 21 on December 24, metro until 23:30 on December 31 and January 1 2021. The Coronavirus has changed, shortly, the timetables of public transport in Rome during the Christmas holidays.

Given the timetable of the metro, on the day of the Christmas Eve, as regards the bus service of Atac and RomaTpl, the weekday service will be active with last runs from the terminals (capolinee) at 9 pm,the lines that make the last scheduled trips before 9 pm keep their own timetable. The night bus service (N lines), on the night 24/25 December, will instead be regular.

Bus and metro timetables at Christmas and Boxing day

On 25 December, the service on the entire Atac network and on the RomaTpl network will be active from 8.30 to 13.00 and from 16.30 to 21.00. The Rome-Lido regional railways, the urban section of the Rome-Civitacastellana-Viterbo railway and the Termini-Centocelle regional railway will also be active this year.

The Roma-Lido will have these times: from Piramide service active from 8.00 to 13.30 and from 16.00 to 21.30; from Colombo service active from 7.45 am to 1.15 pm and from 3.45 pm to 9.15 pm.

Termini-Centocelle will have these times: from Termini: 8.30 – from Centocelle: 8.03; from Termini: 14.00 – from Centocelle: 13.33. As for the Atac and RomaTpl bus service, it will be active from 8.30 to 13.00 and from 16.30 to 21.00.

On December 26, Boxing Day, normal hours of public holidays.

Bus and metro timetable in Rome the night of December 31st

On New Year’s Eve, the public transport service and the regional railways will perform extraordinary service. Lines A-B / B1-C will be in service from 5.30 to 23 on 31 December. On January 1st 2021 between 8 am and 11.30 pm.

The changes concern the buses in service on 31 December. The last trips from the terminals (capolinee) will be at 9 pm, the lines that make the last scheduled trips before 9 pm keep their own timetable. While the night bus service (N lines) night 31 December 2020-1 January 2021 will be suspended.

On January 1, the service on the entire Atac network (surface and underground) and RomaTpl will start at 8 and will follow the normal timetable for holidays (Sundays). The night bus lines (N lines) service will be regular on the night from 1 to 2 January 2021.

 

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Australian law firm NICOLA HOOBIN LEGAL organises prompt private PCR testing for Australian and New Zealand citizens and other Expat and Embassy staff and their families in Italy.

Appointments can be made via email: nicola@nicolahoobinlegal.com and test results are guaranteed to arrive within 48 hours of the PCR test being taken.

This is an alternative to the public and other private testing and is an option for clients wishing prompt, efficient and easy booking, with known test and result times.

 

The tests can be done in the following cities: Turin, Milan, Padua, Florence, Rome, Naples, Bari and Catanzaro.

Additionally, for group testing of Embassy staff and families, arrangements can be made for tests to be done directly on site at the Embassy.

Three options and costs are per person:

Option 1: 

A client who already has a medical referral can take the private PCR test by contacting NH Legal with their personal details (name, address, date of birth), their preferred date, time and city and any other particulars, requirements or questions that they may have.  NH Legal arrange the requested test appointment and confirm details with the client and any additional members of their family.

The client attends the test and results are sent directly to their email usually within 48 hours of the test being taken.



Cost

(a) PCR test and email result: €85 (Paid directly to the doctors following test)

(b) NH Legal fee for client liaison and appointment arrangement on date, time and place of test, liaison with doctors and laboratory confirming testing and supply of test result to client: €50   ($A82 or $NZ85) (Paid directly to NH Legal via Pal Pal Business once a formal request for testing has been made and dates obtained for person in attendance for test)

 

Option 2: 

The same as Option 1, with the addition of also arranging an online appointment for the client to obtain the required medical referral from a GP for the PCR test to be able to be performed.

Cost

(a) Provision of GP medical referral for client to take the PCR test: €35  (Paid directly to the doctor when processing request for medical referral)

(b) PCR test and email result: €85  (Paid directly to the doctors following test)

(c) NH Legal fee for client liaison and arrangement of GP online introduction, arrangement of date, time and place of test, liaison with laboratory, confirming testing and supply of test result to client: €60 (or $A98, $NZ102)

 

Option 3:

The client simply wants a GP medical referral for the test they will take elsewhere.

Cost

(a) Provision of GP medical referral for client to take the PCR test: €35 (Paid directly to the doctor before processing request for medical referral)

(b) NH Legal fee for client liaison obtaining client details and arrangement of GP online introduction. €10 (or $A17, $NZ18)


NICOLA HOOBIN LEGAL is an Australian boutique law firm run by international lawyer, Nicola Hoobin, qualified to, and now practising in, both Australia and New Zealand.

Nicola works throughout the year and resides for at least 6 months of the year in Amalfi Coast, Italy.  Additional to the PCR testing above, Nicola provides legal advice to Australians and New Zealand living at home, in Italy and abroad.

With over 25 years experience in private international law and relationships law, including in representation, negotiation and high level litigation, Nicola can be contacted via nicola@nicolahoobinlegal.com or +61411844126.

Nicola is available for in person, ZOOM or telephone advice and can additionally attend clients in Rome for witnessing of Australian and New Zealand court and other official documents and, where required, court representation back home in Australia and New Zealand or via ZOOM.

Visit her website www.nicolahoobinlegal.com for more details.

 


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Coronavirus: new restrictions in Italy (15 January 2021)

The ski lifts are closed until February 15, gyms, swimming pools and cinemas until March 5, museums can open from Monday to Friday but only in the yellow band, food and drinks can only be purchased in bars until 6pm: the government confirms the tightening in the new Dpcm approved to stop the infections from […]

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How this Expat deals with isolation during the pandemic in Italy!

We asked Patrizia Di Gregorio the founder if she can add some humor and tell us how she really feels about this covid19 situation and if she has a message for the Expats’ community! So she starts “A message to the community?” “Yeah great!” Let them know we are deeply sorry that their bucket list […]

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A small percentage of Rome Expats that live +5 years in Italy

It’s nice to meet other Expats in Rome and make friendships, but keeping them is the problem.  The change over for Expats in Rome is 3 to 6 months, depending on your visa limitation and the difficulty of getting a visa makes it illegal to stay. Sadly, most expats leave and some come back! Others […]

Bus and metro in Rome from Christmas Eve to New Year: all the info and timetables atac natale

Bus and metro hours in Rome from Christmas Eve to New Year

Bus and metro in Rome from Christmas Eve to New Year: all the info and timetables The stop for a few hours during Christmas, the metro lines A, B and C active from 5:30 until 21 on December 24, metro until 23:30 on December 31 and January 1 2021. The Coronavirus has changed, shortly, the […]

 

21 – 23 DECEMBER

⛔ inter-regional mobility block. exceptions for work, health, urgency, return to residence or domicile.

✅ movements allowed to second homes, in the same Region.

✅ shops open, restaurants open for lunch and bars until 6 pm. Hairdressers and barbers are open.

⛔ ban on going out from 10pm to 5am

inter-regional mobility block. exceptions for work, health, urgency, return to residence or domicile. movements allowed to second homes, in the same Region. shops open, restaurants open for lunch and bars until 6 pm. Hairdressers and barbers are open. ban on going out from 10pm to 5am dpcm christmas italy

24th – 27th DECEMBER

⛔ shops, bars, restaurants closed

✅ open with hours on holidays: food shops, pharmacies, tobacconists, newsagents and bookstores

⛔ All movements are prohibited, even within one’s own municipality. waivers only for work, health, urgency

⛔ up to a maximum of two guests can be received at a household, and not only relatives but also friends can be invited.

✅ you can go out to go to Mass and go out for sports and physical activity or assist those who are not self-sufficient.

28th – 30th DECEMBER

✅ the restrictions of the Prime Minister’s Decree are returned from 4 December to 15 January

31 DECEMBER and 3 JANUARY

⛔ total lockdown. Prohibition to leave the house exceptions for work, health, urgency.

✅ only grocery stores, pharmacies, tobacconists, newsagents and bookshops are open

👩‍✈️ whoever is found circulating on the street in these four days, without reason, will be sanctioned with a fine from 400 euros to 1000 euros.

4 – 6 JANUARY

✅ the restrictions of the Prime Minister’s Decree are returned from 4 December to 15 January

⛔ inter-regional mobility block. exceptions for work, health, urgency, return to residence or domicile.


 

 

Coronavirus 15 January 2021 Italy new dpcm rome lazio orange zone

Coronavirus: new restrictions in Italy (15 January 2021)

The ski lifts are closed until February 15, gyms, swimming pools and cinemas until March 5, museums can open from Monday to Friday but only in the yellow band, food and drinks can only be purchased in bars until 6pm: the government confirms the tightening in the new Dpcm approved to stop the infections from […]

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How this Expat deals with isolation during the pandemic in Italy!

We asked Patrizia Di Gregorio the founder if she can add some humor and tell us how she really feels about this covid19 situation and if she has a message for the Expats’ community! So she starts “A message to the community?” “Yeah great!” Let them know we are deeply sorry that their bucket list […]

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A small percentage of Rome Expats that live +5 years in Italy

It’s nice to meet other Expats in Rome and make friendships, but keeping them is the problem.  The change over for Expats in Rome is 3 to 6 months, depending on your visa limitation and the difficulty of getting a visa makes it illegal to stay. Sadly, most expats leave and some come back! Others […]

Bus and metro in Rome from Christmas Eve to New Year: all the info and timetables atac natale

Bus and metro hours in Rome from Christmas Eve to New Year

Bus and metro in Rome from Christmas Eve to New Year: all the info and timetables The stop for a few hours during Christmas, the metro lines A, B and C active from 5:30 until 21 on December 24, metro until 23:30 on December 31 and January 1 2021. The Coronavirus has changed, shortly, the […]

 

Illuminations, nativity scenes that pop up from windows and shops, concerts in the abbeys. Christmas lights up in the towns of Lazio. Not to be missed events

Christmas in the villages of Lazio:

A Christmas tree lit up with gold in Piazza Venezia and, as a chain, many other trees began to shine in the city, from the center of Rome to the more peripheral areas. The traditional nativity scenes are back to mark Advent at the time of Covid-19 and even in the villages of Lazio you can breathe a magical Christmas atmosphere.

For the most part Christmas trees were decorated, picturesque nativity scenes set up, Christmas lights lit, and Christmas concerts organized in compliance with anti-Covid-19 regulations. Let’s find out which are the villages of Lazio to visit during the Christmas holidays.

Sermoneta

A “Christmas of light in the village” lights up in Sermoneta. The Christmas lights and handcrafted nativity scenes are the backdrop to this very different Christmas, marked by the pandemic and restrictions. The municipal administration of Sermoneta, with the financial help of the Lazio Regional Council, has brought this project to life and has illuminated streets and squares with decorations and shows that make the atmosphere even more festive.

Grottaferrata

The city of Grottaferrata, in the Castelli Romani, gave the green light to creativity in this special Christmas, with the lighting of the light installations on December 8 and the presentation of the first edition of the exhibition named “A Nativity in the Window”. The participating businesses will make the exhibition space of their shops available to host the work of a master of crib art, thus creating an exhibition throughout the city.

Other activities related to Christmas will brighten up the town on Sunday, December 13, from charity fishing to the inauguration of the redeveloped Patmos Gardens, while on December 25 a concert at the Abbey of San Nilo is on program in streaming.

Lariano

Lariano, in the province of Rome, will present their own light show for the Christmas holidays. The town less than an hour from the capital has set up very special lights. From wreaths to the stars, from reindeer to snowmen, all the way to the North Pole corner, with igloos, polar bears and penguins, to travel with the imagination at least.

Greccio

It will be nothing like Christmas in recent years, as many traditional events have been blocked by Covid-19, but Greccio is always an ideal destination to immerse yourself in the spirituality of Christmas. Between sacred places and nativity scenes, between narrow streets and traditions, this village in Lazio always arouses emotions, especially during the holidays.

 

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Coronavirus 15 January 2021 Italy new dpcm rome lazio orange zone

Coronavirus: new restrictions in Italy (15 January 2021)

The ski lifts are closed until February 15, gyms, swimming pools and cinemas until March 5, museums can open from Monday to Friday but only in the yellow band, food and drinks can only be purchased in bars until 6pm: the government confirms the tightening in the new Dpcm approved to stop the infections from […]

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How this Expat deals with isolation during the pandemic in Italy!

We asked Patrizia Di Gregorio the founder if she can add some humor and tell us how she really feels about this covid19 situation and if she has a message for the Expats’ community! So she starts “A message to the community?” “Yeah great!” Let them know we are deeply sorry that their bucket list […]

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A small percentage of Rome Expats that live +5 years in Italy

It’s nice to meet other Expats in Rome and make friendships, but keeping them is the problem.  The change over for Expats in Rome is 3 to 6 months, depending on your visa limitation and the difficulty of getting a visa makes it illegal to stay. Sadly, most expats leave and some come back! Others […]

Bus and metro in Rome from Christmas Eve to New Year: all the info and timetables atac natale

Bus and metro hours in Rome from Christmas Eve to New Year

Bus and metro in Rome from Christmas Eve to New Year: all the info and timetables The stop for a few hours during Christmas, the metro lines A, B and C active from 5:30 until 21 on December 24, metro until 23:30 on December 31 and January 1 2021. The Coronavirus has changed, shortly, the […]

New Dpcm hypothesis, all of Italy is a red zone during the holidays after the shopping crowds in Rome.  Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte: “We must continue to commit ourselves and remain vigilant to fight the contagion”

A red (or orange) zone on holidays and pre-holidays and the only exceptions is moving between small towns.  Even Rome, after the new this weekends gatherings in the city has ended up under the magnifying glass of the Government which is thinking of closing ranks before the Christmas holidays.

The latest example of crowding in the capital took place last night due to the presence of too many people, that it was no longer possible to maintain a safe distance.  Patrols from the local police near Trevi fountain where it was not possible to maintain a safe distance.

A temporary closure that goes hand in hand with the checks on Saturday when the number of presences in the shopping streets of Rome where there was a significantly increase, making it necessary to close down via del Corso at the intersections with via del Parlamento , via della Vittoria and piazza del popolo at intervals of about 15 minutes as well as the closure of the Flaminio and Spagna metro stops for about 2 hours. Interventions also in Testaccio and Trastevere.

Scenes that have occurred throughout Italy, and so the hypothesis under consideration by the government would be to adopt homogeneous rules throughout the country, with a tightening of the provisions to avoid the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This could materialize in the next few hours, with a series of interventions aimed at preventing Christmas and New Year from becoming the starting point for a new avalanche of new positives. It is not excluded at this point that there may also be a new Dpcm, to intervene on the most problematic aspects.

A series of even harsher interventions to avoid crowds in the shopping streets and squares. Not only that, in the central areas of large cities, like Rome, there is also the hypothesis of targeted closures (not just quota restrictions as is now the case) or anticipating evening time limitations and the closure of bars and restaurants. The restaurants, open until now for lunch and in the evening only for take-out. Some push for closures even at lunch, as is for the red or orange areas.

And therefore, even if most of Italy will be in the “yellow zones”, now we are thinking of “red zone” style bans by completely closing bars, restaurants, ice cream parlors and pastry shops. As well as shops with the exception of pharmacies, tobacconists and newsstands. Today it will be decided whether the measure as early as 19 and 20 December or whether, instead, to slip into the days close to Christmas.

 

Original article in Italian: RomaToday

 


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Coronavirus: new restrictions in Italy (15 January 2021)

The ski lifts are closed until February 15, gyms, swimming pools and cinemas until March 5, museums can open from Monday to Friday but only in the yellow band, food and drinks can only be purchased in bars until 6pm: the government confirms the tightening in the new Dpcm approved to stop the infections from […]

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How this Expat deals with isolation during the pandemic in Italy!

We asked Patrizia Di Gregorio the founder if she can add some humor and tell us how she really feels about this covid19 situation and if she has a message for the Expats’ community! So she starts “A message to the community?” “Yeah great!” Let them know we are deeply sorry that their bucket list […]

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A small percentage of Rome Expats that live +5 years in Italy

It’s nice to meet other Expats in Rome and make friendships, but keeping them is the problem.  The change over for Expats in Rome is 3 to 6 months, depending on your visa limitation and the difficulty of getting a visa makes it illegal to stay. Sadly, most expats leave and some come back! Others […]

Bus and metro in Rome from Christmas Eve to New Year: all the info and timetables atac natale

Bus and metro hours in Rome from Christmas Eve to New Year

Bus and metro in Rome from Christmas Eve to New Year: all the info and timetables The stop for a few hours during Christmas, the metro lines A, B and C active from 5:30 until 21 on December 24, metro until 23:30 on December 31 and January 1 2021. The Coronavirus has changed, shortly, the […]

 

The experimental phase of the Cashback program, the push to use credit and debit cards of the Cashless Plan by the government from 8 December until 31 December.

How many transactions to make to get a refund? To take advantage of the bonus, you will need to make at least 10 purchases by the end of December. The refund is equivalent to 10% of purchases made with a payment card or app, up to a maximum of € 150. For each transaction there is a maximum refund limit of € 15: this means that, even if you spend € 200 on a single receipt, you will still get a refund of € 15. It is forbidden to artificially split payments to increase transactions with the same merchant. Put simply, you won’t be able to split a purchase into multiple payments in the same store to stay below the € 150 threshold.

There is no minimum amount of expenditure, but at least 10 transactions are required without merchandise restrictions (for example, purchases in bars and restaurants, of groceries, clothes or household appliances are allowed). Payments made at physical points of sale or towards craftsmen and professionals (plumbers, electricians, doctors, lawyers) who are equipped with an electronic payment acceptance device, such as the Pos, which allows participation in the program, are counted. On the other hand, online purchases are excluded.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Make sure you have SPID (your digital identity) or, alternatively, the Electronic Identity Card (CIE 3.0) combined with the PIN you received at the time of issue. Download the IO App: after downloading and installing the application on your smartphone or tablet, you must log in using your SPID credentials or with your CIE combined with the PIN. You can also register for the Cashback Program through your bank, post office or other entities that issue cards and payment apps. When registering for Cashback, you must enter: the identification details of one or more credit cards, debit or prepaid cards (Amex, Bancomat, Diners, Maestro, Mastercard, PostePay, VISA, V-Pay) or activate the Cashback on your Satispay account.

HOW REFUNDS ARE PROVIDED

The refund will be credited by bank transfer by the end of February 2021, directly to the current account registered by the user. You will be able to indicate the coordinates of your account during registration or even later. Any IBAN belonging to the SEPA area will be accepted for reimbursement.

Don’t have an Italian bank account yet?

In theory you should be able to add a foreign IBAN as well. At least N26 online bank promises on its website that its both the Italian IBAN (recently the bank issues cards with it for those residing in Italy) and the German IBAN (old bank accounts holders) are accepted. Author’s note: It’s super easy to sign up for an account with N26 (those who opened accounts in Italy will understand what I’m talking about…). Taking part in the Christmas cashback with N26, the 100% digital bank, is quick and simple. Each N26 current account includes a Mastercard debit card compatible with smartphone payments: all you have to do is enter it among the payment methods available in the Wallet section of the PagoPA IO app. Sign up now and get €5 !

 


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Coronavirus: new restrictions in Italy (15 January 2021)

The ski lifts are closed until February 15, gyms, swimming pools and cinemas until March 5, museums can open from Monday to Friday but only in the yellow band, food and drinks can only be purchased in bars until 6pm: the government confirms the tightening in the new Dpcm approved to stop the infections from […]

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How this Expat deals with isolation during the pandemic in Italy!

We asked Patrizia Di Gregorio the founder if she can add some humor and tell us how she really feels about this covid19 situation and if she has a message for the Expats’ community! So she starts “A message to the community?” “Yeah great!” Let them know we are deeply sorry that their bucket list […]

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A small percentage of Rome Expats that live +5 years in Italy

It’s nice to meet other Expats in Rome and make friendships, but keeping them is the problem.  The change over for Expats in Rome is 3 to 6 months, depending on your visa limitation and the difficulty of getting a visa makes it illegal to stay. Sadly, most expats leave and some come back! Others […]

Bus and metro in Rome from Christmas Eve to New Year: all the info and timetables atac natale

Bus and metro hours in Rome from Christmas Eve to New Year

Bus and metro in Rome from Christmas Eve to New Year: all the info and timetables The stop for a few hours during Christmas, the metro lines A, B and C active from 5:30 until 21 on December 24, metro until 23:30 on December 31 and January 1 2021. The Coronavirus has changed, shortly, the […]

 

Dpcm Christmas and New Year: Romans and non-Romans waiting for news on moving to other regions or towards the closure of the municipalities.

Rome and all of Lazio are anxiously awaiting the government’s decisions regarding Christmas and New Year’s. Many off-site workers and those that live in the capital, waiting patiently to understand if or when they will be able to leave the city and travel to see friends and family and hug their loved ones again.

Romans who have second homes in the nearby regions of Abruzzo, Tuscany, Umbria, Marche and Campania. Hoteliers and restaurants who are waiting for the new Decree to understand if it will be open for business or just an empty Christmas.

According to the latest rumors, however, they are moving towards a hard line that would result in a ban on leaving your municipality for Christmas and New Year’s.

With the new Dpcm we must continue with clear and rigorous measures. We must limit travel and reduce contacts. The upcoming holidays must be faced with extreme seriousness if we do not want new and heavy closures between January and February”, said the minister of Salute Roberto Speranza, illustrating in the Senate the draft of the new Dpcm that Prime Minister Conte is preparing to sign.

From the 25 and 26 December and on 1 January: Stop moving!

The stop could be valid from 25 and 26 December and on 1 January. From 21 December, however, travel between yellow regions will be allowed only to return to one’s place of residence.

Without substantial movement restrictions, a substantial change in habits and strict compliance with safety rules, and coexistence with the virus until the vaccine is doomed to failure. That’s why with the next Dpcm we must continue with clear and rigorous measures,” he says. Speranza.

Time limits

The “fixed points on which the system will move”, according to the Minister of Regional Affairs Francesco Boccia, are two: “Time limits and limitation of mobility between Regions”. That is, curfew at 10pm and a ban on moving even between yellow areas. Restaurants may always remain open for lunch, even on Christmas, Santa Stefano/Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve, in the yellow zones. On December 31, to avoid parties, those inside the hotels may have to close at 6pm.

Shopping hours

Shops close at 9 pm (in Lazio this is already the case) and stop moving from December 21st, to travel between the Regions to reach second homes. Also from the 21st, movements between yellow regions could be allowed only to return to one’s place of residence, with a provision that should be extended to the places of residence. The closure of the ski resorts has been confirmed. These are the hypotheses. The Romans were waiting for.

Translated from RomaToday (original language Italian)

 


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For those that land in Italy, you must be tested 48 hours before arrival either one molecular or antigen test before boarding and undergo another test on arrival.

Fiumicino airport will be the first airport in Europe to activate the ‘Covid Tested’, a safe health corridor between Rome and the American airports in New York JFK, Newark and Atlanta in the United States, replacing the passengers on board the imposition of the fiduciary quarantine upon arrival in Italy with at least one molecular or antigen test carried out no more than 48 hours before boarding and a further repeated test upon disembarkation at Fiumicino, for greater safety: all thanks to the collaboration of Aeroporti di Roma with Alitalia and Delta Air Lines. 

Announced by Aeroporti di Roma: “Since the beginning of the pandemic, Italy has been at the forefront of measures and protocols for the containment of the virus, so much that it is considered one of the most virtuous countries on an international level. We believe that, especially with the continuation of the epidemic crisis, it is necessary to evaluate and implement new and further control systems at the start, which can inhibit the movement of infected people.

The new travel protocols, foreseen on an experimental basis on flights from the United States to Fiumicino, as regulated in the order of the Ministries of Health, Transport and Foreign Affairs in the pipeline, will be progressively offered to passengers starting as early as this month of December. The experimental phase will aim to evaluate the effectiveness and functionality of the new travel mode, with the aim of making it more widely available and ready for the Summer of 2021.  The ordinance will also authorize Covid Tested corridors between Munich, Bavaria, Frankfurt and Fiumicino to ensure that this new travel method can also be tested within the European Union.

The experimentation, which sees Italy as the first European country to activate this innovative, will take advantage of the experience already successfully in Fiumicino on the Covid-tested Rome-Milan flights operating since last September 16.

Since mid-August, a rapid testing center has been active in the ‘Arrivals’ area of Fiumicino Terminal 3, with results in less than 30 minutes, managed by medical personnel from the Lazio Region and the USMAF-Ministry of Health; since September, a ‘drive-in’ has also been activated at the Lunga Sosta di Fiumicino car park, also available to citizens as well as to passengers, managed by the Region of lazio with the Italian Red Cross and operational 24 hours a day.

Furthermore, in Fiumicino there are also over 100 latest generation thermal scanners, which measure temperatures of passengers in less than 2 seconds, the signs for respecting interpersonal distancing. 

Guaranteeing passenger safety is one of the essential prerequisites for relaunching air traffic, which is still severely impacted by the effects of the pandemic “, said the CEO of ADR, Marco Troncone.”

Original article in Italian: RomaToday

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Official: on November 27, Primark opens in South Rome

Primark in Rome had now become like Starbucks, Uniqlo, Five Guys. A legend, one of those brands that are always there to open in Rome but then never arrive.

But this time, after so many rumors, Primark really arrives in Rome. And it arrives in a few days, the opening date is in fact set for next Friday, November 27th. The new mega store in Laurentina will be, as announced, in the Maximo shopping center, opening after much controversy. Full South Rome, very close to Eur.

And the first Primark in Rome will be huge, more than 4,500 square meters, with 40 dressing rooms, 42 cash desks, a relaxation area with wi-fi and smartphone charging stations. A real funfair of pret-a-porter fashion.

Finally Starbucks in Rome to open in Piazza San Silvestro

It was suppose to be in via Leone IV, in place of the former historic Maraldi bookshop, right in front of the perennial line of the Vatican Museums. Then they talked about Termini station, where the international scope would have justified the brand so global.

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And instead Starbucks will open in Piazza San Silvestro, the square, behind Via del Corso, restored and pedestrianized a few years ago. The store will be built inside Palazzo Marignoli, the same as the Apple Store that is about to also arrive.

The inauguration was in a few months, it seemed all done and instead Covid blocked everything, as well as other brands that were coning to the capital, Five Guys has not yet opened and Pescaria few days ago.

Who will open first? Starbucks or Apple? In any case, in a few months that corner of Rome will totally change its look, inserting two super brands that on the one hand will give Rome the most beautiful Apple Store in Europe, on the other a new space for "The" relaxation break, without having to go to Manhattan to take a geotag selfie.

 

The first Bitcoin Café in Europe opens in Rome

bitcoin Store Downtown Disney in rome 5 unusual places to see wanted in rome romeingIt seems yesterday that there were liras and the day before yesterday there were sestertius (an ancient Roman coin), and instead now in Rome you can pay for a coffee in Bitcoin.

“We wanted to take a traditional environment, like a bar to bring people closer to this innovation” says Antonello Cugusi, founder of Coinbar, the new bar that has been open for a few days in via Barberini.

In the bar you can pay in Bitcoin or in traditional currency, it is a full-fledged coffee, suitable for a quick and frugal break. The design is minimal and elegant, inside the bar you can talk to economic consultants who explain how digital currencies work.

 


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Coronavirus: new restrictions in Italy (15 January 2021)

The ski lifts are closed until February 15, gyms, swimming pools and cinemas until March 5, museums can open from Monday to Friday but only in the yellow band, food and drinks can only be purchased in bars until 6pm: the government confirms the tightening in the new Dpcm approved to stop the infections from […]

How this Expat deals with isolation during the pandemic in Italy! 53

How this Expat deals with isolation during the pandemic in Italy!

We asked Patrizia Di Gregorio the founder if she can add some humor and tell us how she really feels about this covid19 situation and if she has a message for the Expats’ community! So she starts “A message to the community?” “Yeah great!” Let them know we are deeply sorry that their bucket list […]

A small percentage of Rome Expats that live +5 years in Italy 57

A small percentage of Rome Expats that live +5 years in Italy

It’s nice to meet other Expats in Rome and make friendships, but keeping them is the problem.  The change over for Expats in Rome is 3 to 6 months, depending on your visa limitation and the difficulty of getting a visa makes it illegal to stay. Sadly, most expats leave and some come back! Others […]

Bus and metro in Rome from Christmas Eve to New Year: all the info and timetables atac natale

Bus and metro hours in Rome from Christmas Eve to New Year

Bus and metro in Rome from Christmas Eve to New Year: all the info and timetables The stop for a few hours during Christmas, the metro lines A, B and C active from 5:30 until 21 on December 24, metro until 23:30 on December 31 and January 1 2021. The Coronavirus has changed, shortly, the […]

The new Dpcm was signed overnight by the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, and the government’s institutional website made available the official text. The measures in the new Dpcm will be valid from Friday 6 November until Thursday 3 December.

Among the main innovations is the national curfew from 10pm and the imposition of mini-lockdowns within the red zones. The Regions of Italy, in fact, are divided into three different areas: red zone, orange zone and yellow zone, according to the degree of risk and therefore to the situations relating to infections and the state of the hospital structures, based on the Rt index and to 21 other criteria. Each area has its own restrictive measures.

The Council of Ministers is already working on an economic measure – the second Ristori decree – with aid and compensation for the companies affected by the measures in force next month. To this end, € 2 billion will be allocated.

Here is the text of the Dpcm in force since November 5, published on the official website of the Government.

According to the text of the new Dpcm, the following is established:

National curfew from 10pm

The institution of a nationwide curfew is underway from 10 pm until 5 am. During this time slot throughout Italy it is forbidden to leave your home except for work or health reasons. In any case, it is strongly recommended to everyone, throughout the day, not to travel by public or private means of transport, except for work, study, health reasons or situations of necessity. or to carry out activities or use unsuspended services. “

In the streets and squares where gathering situations can be created, closures may be arranged for the whole day or certain time slots (you can still enter shops and private homes).

The rules and the Regions in the red areas

Lombardy, Piedmont, Calabria, South Tyrol, Valle d’Aosta, Campania (still inbetween).

Within the red zone, which brings with it the most restrictive measures, the following should be included:

movement into and out of the territories, even within them, is prohibited, except for proven work needs, situations of necessity or health reasons, distance learning from the seventh grade, closed restaurants, bars, pastry shops, and all shops that do not sell essential goods, ok to catering with home delivery and take-away (the latter until 10 pm, the time when the curfew starts).

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There remains the prohibition to consume near the venue or inside it, food stores opened in service areas along motorways, airports and hospitals, open industries, kindergartens, elementary and middle schools, open pharmacies, tobacco shops, supermarkets, food shops, hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, bookstores.

The rules and the Regions in the orange areas

Puglia, Sicily, Liguria, Veneto.

The envisaged measures should be the following:

Restaurants, ice cream and pastry shops are open, open hairdressers and beauty centers, travel to a municipality other than that of residence or domicile is prohibited, except for proven reasons related to study, work and health.

The rules and the Regions in the yellow zones

All the Regions not previously mentioned should belong to the yellow zone, those with moderate risk.

In summary, all the other restrictive measures envisaged by the new Dpcm include:

distance learning at 100% in all high school classes, maximum capacity of 50% on public transport (metro, bus, regional trains), closure of shopping centers on weekends and on days before holidays and holidays, closed museums, exhibitions, bingo halls, stop on cruises, open parks and villas with the obligation to maintain social distancing of at least one meter. Mass allowed in compliance with the maximum capacity of a church.

What closes with the new November Dpcm

For the entire national territory, the new Dpcm 5 November provides:

· closure of shopping centers on holidays and the day before holidays, with the exception of tobacco shops, newsstands, pharmacies, parapharmacies and personal and home hygiene shops inside;
· closure of betting and video game zones, wherever they are located;
· closure of museums and exhibitions;
· closure of bars and restaurants for table service from 6pm; until 10 pm only take-out and home delivery are allowed (Sign up for Uber eats with this link and get €10 discount on your first order once your enter the promo code: eats-w4zqg3!);
· reduction of up to 50% of the capacity on local public transport;
· limits to travel to and from regions with high risk (except for proven reasons for work, study, health and situations of need);
· limits on the movement of people in the late evening (curfew at 10pm), except for work, study, health and necessities
100% distance learning for secondary schools.


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