The Italian government issued another urgent Decree-Law on 1 April 2020, which extends until 13 April 2020, current restrictions on travel and movement and health/hygiene/social distancing policies. In addition, this will have consequences for closures and reduced activities of most public offices/agencies dealing with matters related to tax, social security, immigration, and others.
Italy has been in a lockdown situation for nearly four weeks. With the coronavirus and COVID-19 continuing to significantly impact Italy’s population and economy, the Italian government issued another urgent Decree-Law on 1 April 20201, which extends until 13 April 2020, current restrictions on travel and movement and health/hygiene/social distancing policies, as the government strives to prevent the virus from further permeating the Italian population.
The measures extend the period of quarantining of the whole country and continue the severe restrictions on internal travel within Italy. Anyone travelling may be subjected to questioning by the police and asked to self-certify the purpose of their trips.
Closure and reduced activities of most public offices/agencies will affect public services in the areas of tax, social security, immigration, and others.
Until the government decides it is safe to rescind or roll-back current policies, extensive remote working is a “best practice” for employees and is a way for employers to foster the safety of their employees and help ensure business continuity.
Most of Italy’s public offices in charge of tax, immigration, and social security will remain closed or with reduced hours/services, with the extension of the general lockdown in the country to 13 April.
For prior coverage, see GMS Flash Alert 2020-053, 10 March 2020.
Here is a recap of the other rules/policies that have been extended to 13 April:
The Schengen agreement is still in force in Italy, but stricter controls happen at the borders.
The government continues to assess the situation and if necessary may introduce other rules depending on its review of the situation as the end of the lockdown, 13 April, nears.
1 Decreto del Presidente del Consiglio dei Ministri 1 aprile 2020 – Disposizioni attuative del decreto-legge 25 marzo 2020, n. 19, recante misure urgenti per fronteggiare l'emergenza epidemiologica da COVID-19, applicabili sull'intero territorio nazionale. (20A01976) (Gazzetta Ufficiale n.88 del 2-4-2020)
3 See “Focus: Cittadini Italiani in rientro dall’estero e cittadini stranieri in Italia” on the website of the Ministero degli Affari Esteri della Cooperazione Internazionale.
* Please note that KPMG LLP (U.S.) does not offer immigration services or labour law services. However, KPMG Law LLP in Canada can assist clients with U.S. immigration matters.
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