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Italy: Updated operating guidelines for businesses (COVID-19)

Italy: Updated operating guidelines for businesses

A decree (11 March 2020) from the prime minister included further instructions for businesses to follow in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.


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The new guidelines are in addition to earlier directives from the government. Read TaxNewsFlash

The new decree reflects:

  • Orders for the temporary closure of retailers, markets, and restaurants, bars, any other places serving food or drinks (with certain exceptions), and hairdressers; banks and financial institutions and insurance entities, agricultural and food producer industries (and their supply chains) may remain open for business provided there is compliance with certain health and hygiene rules
  • Recommendations for employers to adopt “smart working” and work-from-home or telecommuting work opportunities as well as to encourage workers to take holidays or leave; for the production sector, there are recommendations for businesses to adopt anti-contagion safety procedures and to provide workers with personal protection equipment, among other items

To implement measures in the production sector, agreements between employer associations and trade unions are being encouraged.

Read a March 2020 report [PDF 166 KB] prepared by the KPMG member firm in Italy

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