the rules for Christmas shopping

From today in Rome, masks are mandatory again outdoors in crowded places, to limit the contagion from Coronavirus. With the ordinance he signed last Wednesday, the mayor Roberto Gualtieri sanctioned the provision that starts from 10 on Saturday 4 December, until midnight on Friday 31 December. A device that could also be extended during the New Year and Epiphany. Children under the age of 6, people with disabilities and those engaged in sports activities continue to be excluded from this obligation.

A due act, that of the Mayor, after the appeal of the Governor of Lazio Nicola Zingaretti. So Rome, together with the other containment measures of the pandemic, from the controls on public transport to the squares of the nightlife and the contingent shopping street, aims to save Christmas. In fact, shopping again this year will be marked by restrictions related to the Covid pandemic. The streets of the fashion boutiques will have limited access and therefore also the obligation to wear a mask.

Where it is mandatory to use the mask outdoors in Rome

In the center, regularly attacked during the holidays, care must be taken to cover the nose and mouth in the most crowded areas of the Trident: via del Corso, via di Ripetta, via del Babuino, piazza di San Lorenzo in Lucina, piazza of the Parliament, piazza San Silvestre, largo Chigi, largo Carlo Goldoni, piazza di Spagna, piazza del Popolo, via della Croce, via dei Condotti, via Borgognona, via Frattina. The restrictions will also apply in other areas, from Prati to the African district: via Cola di Rienzo, via Marcantonio Colonna, via Fabio Massimo, piazza Cola di Rienzo, via Ottaviano, viale Giulio Cesare, via Candia, viale Libia. So the Center and beyond.

The Capitoline administration also clarified that, also taking into account the ordinance of the Ministry of Health of 22 June 2021, “the obligation to use the mask must be strictly applied in all areas where gatherings and crowding may occur ( other shopping streets, meeting places, markets, Christmas markets, fairs of various kinds, exhibitions and any other event organized for the Christmas holidays outdoors) where, in agreement with the Prefect and the heads of the Police Forces, they will be strengthened the controls”.

Shopping areas restricted to Christmas

However, it will still be a Christmas in the name of a high guard against the Coronavirus. And not just for the mask. The Prefecture will put the so-called ‘Model Rome’ into play and thus the anti-crowd paths in the shopping streets will return, controlled by the police who will use the barriers to limit the most crowded streets of the Center. It is also possible that in the historic squares and in the places of nightlife – as has already happened in Trastevere and Monti – and shopping, there may be closures and limitations using people counters as happens for events.

The model implemented last year will therefore be dusted off. The “check points” that could be adopted in Piazza del Popolo, Piazza di Spagna, Largo Goldoni and Largo Chigi. In these streets, if the main streets exceed the ‘saturation threshold’, the transit of people will be distributed evenly on the adjacent streets even through the barriers. Similar modules will be adopted in via Cola di Rienzo, via Ottaviano, viale Giulio Cesare and via Candia.

The principle, pending officiality, however, remains the one already oiled at Christmas 2020: to limit the number of accesses and not to close the roads a priori. The “stop and go” closures, as defined by the Prefecture, could also be found in metro stations A, Spagna and Flaminio from 10 to 20 on weekends. Useful tools to save the Christmas period and not stop the economic recovery of bars, restaurants and shops, after long months of difficulties due to the restrictions due to the pandemic.

The other areas of the province of Rome with the obligation to wear a mask

Rome is thus added to other municipalities of Lazio. After Fiumicino and Albano, on Tuesday it was also the turn of the mayor of Frascati to sign the provision, in this case, until 9 January 2022. “The municipal administration of Frascati, considering the current increase in covid cases in Lazio, in Italy and in Europe, also following the indications coming from the Government and the Region, which call for prudence to safeguard the Christmas holidays and avoid new closures of commercial activities and the movement of people, has decided to adopt this new restrictive measure. ‘ordinance will result in an administrative sanction that can vary from 400 euros to 1000 euros. The ordinance does not apply to children under the age of six, to people with pathologies or disabilities incompatible with the use of the mask and to those who are carrying out sporting activity “, explained the mayor of Frascati Francesca Sbardella.

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