Navigating through Covid-19
Real Estate issues: Guidance for landlords and tenants operating in the real estate sector
The rapid spread of the virus Covid-19 represents a serious threat to public health which has led the Italian Government to declare the “state of emergency” until 31 July 2020.
In particular, in this emergency context, the Italian Government has adopted extraordinary measures (available at Covid-19 Italian Legal Hub webpage) aimed at containing the spread of the virus Covid-19 and at mitigating its effects. As a result, given that new infections and deaths due to Covid-19 are constantly decreasing, Italy has now approached the so-called “second phase” of the emergency, which is intended to implement a gradual reopening of the productive activities and allowing population movement. Based on the foregoing, the current main governmental key measures involve, inter alia:
- in case of specific risks of infection, restrictions to the movement of the population throughout the country;
- suspension of activities carried out in recreational and trade fair venues (such as cinemas, theatres, pubs, discos);
- application of guidelines to ensure that the interpersonal safe distance of at least one meter inside accommodation facilities such as bars and restaurants is maintained; and
- recommendation to implement the smart working regime for professional and office activities and for other activities which can be carried out via remote working.
On the contrary, the operation of essential activities (such as pharmacies, grocery stores, tobacconists, supermarkets, news-stands, petrol stations, banks and essential public transports) has been authorized and guaranteed since the beginning of the emergency.
In light of the above and also considering the unprecedent nature of the current events, the situation needs to be constantly monitored and updated.