Worldwide travel advisory for Italy: Avoid all travel to Italy due to the spread of the Coronavirus and limited movement within the country. The Prime Minister announced a complete lockdown of the country on Monday March 9th, 2020.
The CDC has issued a level three warning: Avoid Nonessential Travel—Widespread Community Transmission
- Italy is experiencing widespread community transmission of respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
- CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel.
- Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions may be at increased risk for severe disease.
- Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and clean their hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%–95% alcohol.
- Travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning to the United States and practice social distancing.
- Travelers that are sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing should call ahead before seeking medical care.
Italy has been put under a dramatic total lockdown, as the coronavirus spreads in the country. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that he is extending restrictions already in place in the north.
The Prime Minister said the move was taken in order to protect the population, and especially the most fragile individuals. His announcement came at the end of a chaotic day that saw prison riots across the country.
Ninety-seven people have died of the novel coronavirus since Sunday in Italy, bringing its total number of deaths to 463. The country has 9,172 cases so far, the most of any European country.
Quarantine zone stretches across country
Under the initial lockdown rules, schools, universities, theaters, cinemas, bars, and nightclubs were closed in Italy's north. Religious ceremonies, including funerals and weddings, and sporting events were suspended or postponed. Restaurants and bars were allowed to be open from 6am to 6pm, and malls and markets could open on weekdays if they could assure a meter (three feet) of distance between each client.