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On 9 March 2020, the Italian Government enacted a new decree, extending the restrictive measures initially foreseen only for the so-called “Orange Zone” to the entire territory of the Republic of Italy (more information on these measures in our last newsletter here).

Yesterday’s decree also introduced the following, new measures:

  • all crowds and gatherings are prohibited everywhere;
  • all sports events are suspended and sports facilities are closed;
  • other sports can take place outdoors provided that a minimum distance of 1 meter between individuals is met.

The Government also announced that it is currently planning other emergency measures aimed at mitigating economic consequences related to the Covid-19 breakout, such as:

  • additional social shock absorbers, with simplified procedures to access the same;
  • special measures for parents with children such as baby sitter vouchers and extraordinary parental leaves.

Massimiliano (Max) Biolchini joined Baker McKenzie in January 1999. He became a local partner in the Milan office in 2004 and was elected partner in 2011. He is the Head of the Italian Employment Law Practice and is member of the Steering Committee of the EMEA Employment Practice Group. He advises clients on all aspects of labor and employment law. He regularly contributes to the employment section of the prestigious Italian business newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.


Uberto Percivalle is a partner in the Firm’s Milan office, where he has practiced since 1990. He focuses on employment law.


Antonio Luigi Vicoli is counsel in the Employment & Compensation Practice Group of Baker McKenzie Italian offices. He is a multilingual lawyer with English proficiency. Antonio is professionally qualified under the laws of Italy and admitted to practice in Italy, enrolled with the Lawyers’ Bar of Milan.