On March 10th, Italy was rocked by a nationwide implementation of lock-downs and we had to stop our weekly parties. Strict COVID-19 regulations including social distancing, self-declaration forms and the mandatory use of protective gear became part of everyday life. The government followed a phased plan that began with maintaining a 1 metre distance at all times, staying indoors except for necessary activities such as grocery shopping or essential work etc. Travel was restricted and borders were shutdown.
Bars, clubs, concert halls and sporting events were all cancelled. Streets were empty and Italy looked like a deserted land with most Italians taking the utmost precautions to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
The next phase began on May 4th. Those in Italy could travel within regions, but still needed to practice social distancing, and wear masks and gloves. Bars and restaurants opened for take-away only and Italy began to look familiar with streets filling with people once more. Rome’s parks, villas and public gardens reopened gradually so people got a taste of nature after months of being cooped up inside.
Regulations eased again June 15th with theatres and cinemas opening while maintaining the 1 meter required distance. There is a maximum number of 200 spectators in enclosed spaces (including each cinema room) and 1,000 spectators for outdoor performances.
Nightclubs, fairs and conventions are authorized from early July, however all eager participants must be outdoors, in their masks, and must stay two metres apart.
UPDATES 17/08/2020 Italy has ordered a three-weeks closure of all dance venues.
Even though from mid-July some of the open-air nightclubs were open and it was possible to organize some events under quite severe restrictions, from the 17th of August all the clubbing activities are once again forbidden, as the COVID-19 cases increased among young people. The new restrictions will apply at least till 7th of September. It is also obligatory to wear a face mask outdoors between 6 PM till 6 AM where social distancing is not possible (at least 1 meter), that also includes streets and squares.
Colosseum Bar Hop will begin festivities again as soon as possible, applying all COVID-19 regulations to dance the night away safely! STAY TUNED