02 March


COVID-19: the government restructures special measures to contain the emergency


The Prime Ministerial Decree of 1 March 2020 (OJ no. 52 of 1 March 2020) on "Further implementing provisions of Decree-Law no. 6 of 23 February 2020, containing urgent measures on the containment and management of the epidemiological emergency caused by COVID-19" enters into force on 2 March 2020, with which the Government confirms a large part of the emergency measures adopted starting from 23 February 2020, reiterating the restriction within the perimeter of what is identified as the red zone, which includes the prohibition of work activities, unless it is possible to work remotely or the work concerns of essential public services or of public utility. With reference to regions in what is identified as the yellow zone, in addition to confirming the previous measures, the government has also provided for the "suspension of the ordinary leave of health and technical personnel, as well as for personnel whose activities are necessary to manage the activities requested by the crisis units set up at a regional level", and the extension of telecommuting throughout Italy (until 8 March 2020) as an exceptional measure. This gives all companies the right to have their employees work remotely, without needing to have an agreement (this was previously limited to certain areas only). It should be noted that the Prime Ministerial Decree in force from today's date replaces the previous decrees of 23 and 25 February 2020 and any other special provision adopted to date, including regional interventions implemented by the government, and therefore becomes the main source of reference for the regulation of the state of emergency.

On the central convergence of competences on the matter, the Regional Administrative Court of Marche issued a presidential decree with which the regional provision ordering the closure of schools was suspended. The collective hearing is set for 4 March.