Brits in Italy’s coronavirus lockdown ‘free to return home’ without checks but Italians face JAIL if they travel south – The Sun

THE Foreign Office has said Brits in Italian lockdown zones are free to return home without checks.

Meanwhile, anyone in Italy caught flouting the super-strict coronavirus quarantine rules faces a three-month prison stretch.

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According to MailOnline, the FCO today advised Brits are free to return home or complete their holiday under Italian government guidelines.

Tourists returning to the UK won't be met by anyone at the airport or quarantined.

In Italy alone, coronavirus has killed 366 with 5,883 infected, says the Civil Protection agency.

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte signed a decree in the early hours of this morning, which will effectively lockdown 16 million residents in Lombardy and northern Italy.

He said: "We want to guarantee the health of our citizens. We understand that these measures will impose sacrifices, sometimes small and sometimes very big.

"But this is a time where we must take responsibility for ourselves."

He added: "We have to limit the spread of the virus and prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed."

The new measures say people should not enter or leave Lombardy, Italy's richest region, as well as 14 provinces in four other regions, including the cities of Venice, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia and Rimini.

What Italy's lockdown means:

  • Theatres and cinema suspended
  • Religious ceremonies, including weddings and funerals, banned
  • Sporting events cancelled
  • School and university classes cancelled
  • Gyms, pools and museums closed
  • Dance schools, pubs, disco and bingo all suspended
  • Meetings that involve health care personnel suspended

The measures include cancelling sporting events and school classes, with religious ceremonies also suspended.

Restaurants and cafes can open between 6am and 6pm but customers must sit at least a metre apart.

Those in the affected regions have been told to stay home as much as possible – facing three months jail if they break quarantine.

The decree applies to: Lombardy (the whole region) and the 14 provinces of: Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro e Urbino, Venezia, Padova, Treviso, Asti, Alessandria, Novara Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Vercelli.

But any Brits holidaying in these regions are free to return home without question, it's reported.

The Foreign Office say they "advise" two-weeks of self-isolation upon returning from an affected region – but there is nothing stopping passengers from hopping on public transport or entering densely-populated spaces.

It comes after groups of Brits from other coronavirus-ridden areas, like Wuhan the flu epicentre and the deadly Princess Diamond cruise ship were placed in isolation for 14 days.

A spokesperson for the FCO said they were "working really closely with the Italian authorities to understand the implications of what these restrictions are" in terms of Brit tourists.

The spokesperson added: "The safety of British nationals is always our number one priority."


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