The new decree imposes measures in effect from today until April 3, 2020 to combat the spread of COVID-19.

By Giancarlo D’Ambrosio and Giovanni B. Sandicchi

Yesterday evening, the Italian government adopted a new decree (D.P.C.M. of March 22, 2020), which suspends, as of today, non-essential industrial and commercial production activities throughout the country to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Among the provisions of the Decree, the following are particularly noteworthy:

i. All industrial and commercial production activities are suspended, with the exception of those providing public utilities and essential services, as well as a series of activities considered essential and contained in a list reported under Annex 1 of the Decree, which may be supplemented by subsequent decrees. The list includes, among other activities, the entire beverage and food supply chain, the pharmaceutical healthcare devices industry, strategic industries, and related production chains. In addition, the functional activities to ensure the continuity of the authorized supply chains will also remain open, subject to notification to the Prefect of the province where the production unit is located.

ii. Functional activities to deal with the emergency are permitted, including those relating to the production, transport, marketing, and delivery of medicines, health technology, and medical-surgical devices, as well as agricultural and food products.