Coronavirus Updates: Sorrento, Capri and Amalfi Coast
by Giuseppe Morvillo
by Giuseppe Morvillo
Coronavirus in Sorrento, Capri and Amalfi Coast
If you’re still undecided on visiting Sorrento, Capri and the Amalfi Coast in 2021 during the ongoing public healh crisis with Coronavirus, in this article we have put together for you everything you need to know about what life is currently like here, what restrictions have been put into place as well as all of the latest updates that are being followed.
How Safe is the Amalfi Coast?
From the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic and throughout lockdown to this very date, the number of cases in Sorrento, Capri and Amalfi Coast have always been very very low and the area has fortunately been classified as a red zone only once and has been barely touched by the virus.
Currently during the ‘second wave’ of the virus, the majority of new cases reported in Italy are for those coming back from their holidays in other European countries where the cases are still growing, for example Spain and Croatia.
Are Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast areas safe?
Since Sorrento, Capri and the Amalfi Coast are not known as big nightlife and clubbing hotspots the greater risk of the virus to spread in these situations is alreadly eliminated. Most Restaurants and Bars, Beach Clubs and activities are also all mainly located outdoor in large open spaces, lowering the chances for large crowds of people to gather close together, this is also another reason why the cases in this area have remained and will contniue to remain very low. Due to these main factors, the risk of a ‘third wave’ or ‘cluster of new cases’ is highly unlikely and is why this area is still considered very safe to visit during Summer 2021.
Of course the situation is constantly being monitored very closley and changes and restrictions are being put into place overnight should they need to be.
Currently, procedures such as temperature checks for people embarking and disembarking cruise ships and transiting through airports and train stations in the Region are being carried out. In Naples Airport, those arriving are required to either take a COVID-19 test prior to flying or once they arrive in Italy within 24 hours.
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Face Masks and Social Distancing
In Sorrento, Capri and the Amalfi Coast it is still required to wear protective face masks and coverings in all closed and inside public places such as Shops, Supermarkets, Restaurants and Bars, as well as on all forms of Public Transport.
Social distancing is also being carried out in shops, public transport and outdoor places such as beach clubs. Either by clear markings placed on the floor or on the every other chair of bussess and trains to avoid comuters sitting side by side next to eachother. In beach clubs however the sunbeds and loungers are all seperated by at least 1m which is why it’s not required to make a booking before visiting since there is much less availability than before. You can find out more on the ‘Latest Updates for Visiting the Beach this Summer’ in our article.
Latest Update | Friday 15th January
As from this Sunday, the Campania region will be transitioning from Orange to Yellow Zone until March 5th. In the yellow zone the following restrictions include:
- It is possible to for only 2 people to move, within the same region, to a single inhabited private house, only once a day, between 5am and 10pm
- Museums, institutes and places of culture are allowed to re-open in the weekdays
- Bars and Restaurants are allowed to re-open only until 6pm and until 10pm delivery only
- Gyms and Swimming Pools will remain closed
Latest Update | Sunday 6th December
As of today, Italy’s regions have now been given new colours regarding the restrictions to follow in this second phase of lockdown in Italy. There are now only 8 regions in the Orange (Medium Risk) Zone, 12 regions in the Yellow (Low Risk) Zone and 1 in the Red (High Risk) Zone.
Our Region Campania is now in the Medium Risk, Orange Zone meaning:
- You are not allowed to move between regions or from one town to another unless for reasons or health of work, in which a self certification form is always required
- All Shops, Hairdressers and Beauticians are allowed to open until 9pm. Shopping Centres must remain closed on the weekends.
- Bars and Restaurants must still remain closed, delivery and take aways are still allowed until 10pm.
- The curfew is still in place from 10pm – 5am.
Latest Update | Friday 4th December
Last night, Italy’s new Government Decree was announced to state the actions we need to take to prevent the spread of Coronavirus during the Christmas period. Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast will also have severe limitations, according to the rules to be respected of the regions also in the Red Zones and throughout the country.
In particular, the ban on movement between Municipalities on 25th, 26th December and 1st January caused some confusion considering that in these territories the cities have no geographical limitations but are bordering on each other, and it is precisely on the Amalfi Coast that the Atrani village holds the record for the smallest municipality in Italy: 0.12 km / q and 832 inhabitants by 2020. We are all confident that these limitations will help fight the virus and get through this difficult period for good.
Latest Update | Thursday 3rd December
After 3 weeks since our region of Campania was announced it would be joining the Red Zones, it seems that the town of Sorrento and those along the Amalfi Coast have been able to lower the curve of contagion and the number of new daily cases.
As of today, the number of active positive cases of COVID-19 in Sorrento and Amalfi Coast is:
- Sorrento: 75
- Positano: 11
- Amalfi: 33
Latest Update | Monday 30th November
The latest updates for a Coronavirus vacine available in Italy could come as early as Spring 2021. Once approved, doctors and health care workers will get the first doses, followed by those in care home, over 80’s, key works and the rest of the population. It will not be obligatory at first so that the government can monitor how the campaign progresses, and will also be distributed to all Italians for free. Read our full article here: Italy’s Coronavirus Vaccine for Spring 2021
Latest Update | Friday 13th November
Campania will join other regions placed under the strictest lockdown measures from this Sunday as they will be joining the other regions already within the Red Zone. Residents within these regions must stay within their comune and not travel to other regions except for reasons for work or health and if so must carry with them the self certification form. Retail shops must also close except for those selling food and basic needs.
Latest Update | Thursday 5th November
Last night, Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, addressed the nation to announce a new three-tier framework that would divide the regions by different rules to tackle the second wave of Coronavirus in Italy. These new restrictions will take action from this Friday 6th November. With Campania listed under the Yellow Zone, the new restrictions are as follows:
Campania – Yellow Zone:
- It is forbidden to leave your home from 10 in the evening to 5 in the morning, without prejudice to work and health reasons.
- High school students will follow the lessons from home, while public transport means, buses, subways, regional trains, will not be able to accommodate more than 50% of their maximum capacity.
- Theaters, cinemas and museums are closed, while parks and play areas remain accessible. In the open areas, however, there is still a ban on gathering and the obligation to respect the distance of at least one metre.
- On a National level, a new 10pm curfew has been imposed from this evening.
Latest Update | Sunday 25th October
This evening Italy’s Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, addressed the nation with the new restrictions due to the rising cases of COVID-19 cases. From Midnight the following rules will be put into effect:
- Cinemas, Theatres, Gyms and Swimming Pools must now close until November 24th
- Restaurants and Bars will stop serving from 6pm, take away services can continue, Reservations will be a maximum of 4 people
- 75% of High School and University Classes will now take place onlince, however schools and nurseries will remain open
Latest Update | Friday 23rd October
With the daily cases of COVID-19 rising in the Campania region, Vincenzo De Luca, the Regional Governor gave warning that the possibility of putting the region into lockdown could become a reality very soon. He did not fix a precise date, but said the measures would involve a ban on travel into and out of the region, as well as restrictions on movement within local areas.
Latest Update | Thursday 22nd October
Todat the region of Campania has ordered all residents not to leave their own province, people will only be authorised to cross their provincial lines only for reasons of work, health, family, school or other “urgent necessity”, confirmed by a self-certification form.
Latest Update | Wednesday 21st October
Below you can find a list of the EU/Schengen nations that can currently visit Italy with no restrictions:
- Czech Republic*
- San Marino
- United Kingdom*
- Vatican City
All countries marked with a * require people who intend to enter Italy who have stayed or transited through these countries in the previous fourteen days, will be required to bring a negative PCR test within 72 hours of entry, or undergo a test upon arrival and isolate to await results.
Latest Update | Tuesday 20th October
As announced by Campania’s Regional Governor, from this Friday 23rd October, there will be an 11pm curfew put into place. Activities and transport will stop at 23:00 to contain the wave of contagion.
Latest Update | Monday 19th October
The Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte addressed the nation yesterday evening, announcing new restrictions due to the increase in Coronavirus cases. These measures have been put into place now to avoid a generalised lockdown in the future.
- Changes in schooling mainly affect older pupils in high schools. Starting times will be later and more distance-learning will be encouraged.
- Bars and restaurants to close at midnight, but after 18:00 only table service will be allowed. The maximum in a group reservation will be six people.
- Gyms and Swimming Pools will have to adapt to new safety protocols within seven days so they can remain open.
Latest Update | Friday 16th October
Due to a rising number of new COVID-19 cases, Vincenzo De Luca the Governor of the Campania Region, has decided to shut all schools from today until the end of the month. This new restriction also affects universities in Campania, with only first-year students allowed to attend class in person.
Latest Update | Thursday 8th October
Italy has now added the UK, Netherlands, Czech Republic and Belgium onto its list of high-risk countries. Travellers arriving to Italy from these countries are required to get tested for COVID-19 upon arrival or to have had the test at least 72hrs before flying and obtain a negative result and certificate.
Latest Update | Tuesday 6th October
Face masks are now compulsory in Italy and must be worn everywhere in public, including outdoors, the maximum fine for failing to comply with these regulations has also been raised to 1,000€.
Latest Update | Thursday 24th September
Latest Update | Friday 4th September
Social distancing requirements are still in place on all forms of public transport, on the Circumvesuviana for example, clear signs have been put into place on every other chair to avoid commuters sitting side by side next to eachother a keep a good distance while going to and from their destination.
Latest Update | Friday 25th August
As from today, COVID Testing will now be carried out in Naples Airport, espeically for those travellers who will be returning from Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain.
Latest Update | Thursday 24th August
Until 6th September, The Mayor of Amalfi has extended the obligation on the entire municipal area to use masks even outdoors.
Latest Update | Wednesday 16th August
With COVID cases on the rise in Europe, masks are now to be worn outdoors between the hours of 6pm – 6am only in areas that are very crowded in the evenings or in any situation in which a group or crowd has formed.
Latest Update | Monday 14th August
Good news today! There have been no new cases reported in the Amalfi Coast, all tests that were carried out today have all come back negative.
Latest Update | Tuesday 11th August
With face masks still being required in all closed indoor pubic spaces and public transport, this also now includes the boats taking you to and from the various beach clubs located around the Amalfi Coast. While on board, it’s required to wear your face mask at all times until you leave the boat.