the questions that everyone is asking right now with the coranavirus outbreak in Italy
Updated on 09 July 2020
Is traveling in Italy safe? Is it safe to travel to Sardinia in this moment ?
The coronavirus epidemic that broke out on February 20, in northern Italy has left everyone incredulous and lost. With the increase in cases of Covid-19 infection, the whole of Italy had to stop and close completely to preserve the health of the entire population. These have been difficult and frightening months.
Luckily today we can breathe a sigh of relief and while the worst seems to have passed we are preparing for a rebirth.
Many tourists wonder now if it is safe to travel to Italy and to Sardinia? What does it mean to be in Sardinia right now?
In this article, we will try to examine the facts about the situation and provide you with the information you need in regards of the recent coronavirus outbreak
What is the situation now – July 2020?
We won’t go into detail here, rather we’ll give you a general overview and explain what you should know as a traveler.
The spread of the coronavirus was mainly concentrated in the North of Italy and more precisely in the regions of Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia Romagna and Piedmont. In the cities of Bergamo, Lodi and Cremona the largest number of infections were recorded. Piacenza and Parma were the most affected cities of Emilia Romagna. The other cities affected by the contagion were found in the Veneto region in the city of Padua mostly
In the rest of Italy the situation has always been under control thanks to important containment measures. The south of Italy including the islands of Sardinia and Sicily were the least affected.
How Italy handling the Covid-19 epidemic?
The Italian government is deploying all the resources necessary to ensure the safety of citizens and tourists who visit the country
The most important measures that have been taken in the very beginning of the outbreak
- Closure of schools and universities
- Suspension of sporting and cultural events
- Closing of cinemas and theaters
- Closing of gyms and sports centers
- Closing of all shops (except for supermarkets, farmacies and tobaccos)
- Closure of ports and airports
Other measures in regards of social life all over Italy
- Stay at least one meter away from each other in public places
- No hugs, handshakes and physical contacts
- Wash hands often
- Sneezing and coughing on a tissue
- Stay home
In general everything related to the gathering of a large number of people has been suspended.
All of Italy has been quarantined for over 50 days. The loosening of the lockdown (phase 2) took place starting from May 4, 2020
How does Sardinia behave with the coronavirus?
Sardinia has registered a fairly low number of infections. To date, around 1300 people have come into contact with the virus. It is one of the 5 least affected Italian regions together with the Valle d’Aosta, Calabria, Molise and Basilicata. Most of the infections occurred within the RSA and among health workers right at the beginning of the outbreak.
It is very likely that Sardinia – thanks to the timely blocking of borders and its natural isolation – prevented the virus from spreading more and the prompt quarantining of positive cases made the situation under control
The situation constantly monitored day by day, if not hour by hour. Ports and airports are controlled for the disembarkation of passengers. The temperature is checked for all arrivals
The Sardinian healthcare is prepared and organized to manage a potential outbreak with adequate health staff and modern hospital facilities.
How safe is it to travel to Sardinia right now?
Sardinia prepared an effective health protocol to welcome tourists in complete safety. Ports and airports are being reorganized for the reopening for passengers safely: respect for distances, use of masks and use of hand sanitizing.
In the meantime, ports and airports have reopened to national and international tourism without restrictions for EU and Schengen countries
The guidelines for tourism
Bars and Restaurants: a distance of at least 2 meters between one table and another or dividing barriers is required. Reservations only. Abolition of the buffet and paper menus. Use of a mask to go to the toilets and checkout. Sanitizing products for customers. Cashless payments.
Serviced beaches: reservations only. User registration in order to trace any contacts following contagions. Cashless payments. Separate corridors to reach the services. 5 meters between umbrellas and 2 meters between a sunbed and another (inside the same position). Prohibited recreational activities within the establishments.
Free beaches: admissions will be allowed to a maximum number of people according to the size of the beach. Respect for the safety distance between people
Water sports and activities in the open sea: swimming and water activities are allowed. According to the INAIL, “wind-surfing, diving, boats) do not present a priori significant risks compared to COVID-19, without prejudice to the maintenance of social distancing, as well as the sanitization of equipments
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Sardinia aim to become the Covid-free destinations in Italy
Here some other reasons why Sardinia is a safe place to travel
- It was ranked first in Italy for the safety of travelers
- Very low crime rate
- Sunny and warm weather in every period of the year
- Welcoming and friendly people
- Best quality of life: food, wine, health, social life
- Almost zero pollution
- Lots of outdoor space to stay in full contact with nature