Shut down: essential production activities and services

In response to the statement of the President of the Italian Government, on the evening of March 21, 2020, followed by the issuance of the Prime Ministerial Decree of March 22, 2020, it was ordered that production activities deemed not strictly necessary or indispensable for the supply of essential goods and services be closed throughout the country until April 3, 2020.

This is without prejudice to the right to make use of smart working for all companies that have the possibility of doing so and all activities considered relevant to national production are in any case exempt from the obligation to close.

The negotiations to establish the terms of the measure, on Saturday, March 21, involved not only the Government but also trade unions and trade associations.

The Premier reiterated that large-scale retail companies, pharmacies and para pharmacies, banks, post offices and insurance companies will remain active without any change in schedules. Essential public services such as transport will also continue to be available, as well as all activities related and ancillary to essential ones.

The Decree does not oblige the closure of those companies that are functional to the continuation of the production chain or whose interruption causes serious damage to the plant itself or danger of accidents, subject to notification to the prefect of the province, which may suspend them if the necessary conditions are not met.

Companies that are subject to the closure obligation have until 25 March 2020 to complete the activities necessary for the suspension, including the shipment of goods in stock.

In the attached document, the official list of essential activities that will not be subject to closure as of 23 March, under the Prime Ministerial Decree of 22 March.