Regional Travel Ban Extended in Italy
23rd February 2021
Last modified on May 13th, 2021
The new government led by Prime Minister Mario Draghi has extended until 27th March a ban on travel between Italy’s regions. It will have a significant impact on mountain areas.
It is a further blow for the hopes of some tourism in the mountain regions, and is being done to curb the spread of the virus.
Last week it was hoped that ski resorts could open and there was hope the regional travel ban would be lifted.
The ski resorts were ordered not to open at the 11th hour.
Now the regional travel ban has been extended.
It was extended earlier this month:
The new decree also extends a restriction on private visits: no more than two adults and children under 14 can visit another person’s home.
The travel ban had been set to expire on Thursday 25th February.
“It is essential to continue with the restrictions with the spread of coronavirus variants,” said the health minister, Roberto Speranza.
The regional travel ban does not apply to travel for work, health or emergency reasons, or to anyone who needs to travel to return home.
Travel within Italy for tourism remains prohibited.
See here for an earlier PlanetSKI story as we look at the situation in ski resorts in Italy and other ski nations in the Alps, the Pyrenees and Scandinavia.
Further changes to the Italian coronavirus restrictions are set to be confirmed by March 5th, when an updated emergency decree is due.
They will give an indication of what the end of the ski season may look like in Italy and whether skiing and snowboarding will be possible.
Here at PlanetSKI we’ll keep you posted.