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Factsheet for measure IT-2021-42/2050 – measures in Italy

Urgent provisions to access to cultural, sporting and recreational activities

Disposizioni urgenti per l’accesso alle attività culturali, sportive e ricreative

Country Italy , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 11 October 2021
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Measures to support a gradual relaunch of work
Author Anna Mori (University of Milan)
Measure added 13 October 2021 (updated 04 February 2022)

Background information

The COVID-19 pandemic emergency has severely impacted on the cultural, sporting and recreational activities: the prolonged closure has impeded the normal functioning of these activities, undermining their financial and organizational sustainability. The Law Decree no. 139, issued on 8 October 2021 aims to support the ordinary functioning of these activities by reducing the limitations imposed in terms of users’ capacity and access.

Content of measure

The Law Decree no. 139, issued on 8 October 2021, at the Article no. 1 provides the following measures regarding the increased capacity for activities in the recreational, arts and sport sector:

  • in the areas with certified low levels of contagion (the so-called white areas) the capacity of theaters, cinemas, and concerts is allowed up to 100% of the maximum authorized public, both outdoors and indoors. Access remains allowed only to individuals with one of the COVID-19 green certifications.
  • Within the museums, the interpersonal distance of one meter has been eliminated.
  • Regarding the access of the public to sporting events and competitions, it is allowed up to 75% of the maximum authorized people outdoors and 60% indoors.
  • The capacity in dance halls, discos and similar venues is increased up to 75% of the maximum authorized outdoors and 50% indoors.

Use of measure

Information are not available since the measure has been very recently introduced.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement as case not in social partner domain No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


The social partners have not been involved.

Views and reactions

The social partners have not been involved. We can envisage a full support anyway given that the measure will allow workers involved into recreational, arts and sport activities to get back to work.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities
      R91 Libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities
      R93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities

This case is not occupation-specific.



Eurofound (2021), Urgent provisions to access to cultural, sporting and recreational activities, measure IT-2021-42/2050 (measures in Italy), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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