Here are some key things to know about the restrictions:
- From Dec. 21 to Jan. 6, movement between regions will not be allowed, with the exceptions of work, health reasons and emergencies, according to a new decree which entered into force on Thursday.
- During this timeframe people will not be allowed to move to their vacation homes.
- On Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day, movement between municipalities will be banned, with the above-mentioned exemptions.
- People will be allowed to move to return to their place of residence.
Another new decree is currently being discussed by the government and regional administrations and is expected to go into effect on Friday. The decree will introduce further restrictions regarding the Christmas holidays.
Among the measures being discussed are: a national curfew starting at 10 p.m. local time and restaurants being required to close at 6 p.m. local time in "yellow" regions.
The Christmas Eve mass must end by around 8:30 p.m. local time "so that worshippers can return home before the 10 p.m. curfew," undersecretary at the Ministry of Health Sandra Zampa said Wednesday evening during an interview with Italian channel La7.