Florence ‘White Zone’ Nightlife Restrictions
Despite Tuscany having entered the “white zone” on Monday, June 21, the city of Florence will not be reaping the same benefits as the rest of the region.
Earlier this week, the Committee for Public Order and Security (Il Comitato per l’ordine e la sicurezza pubblica) decided that the ease on the remaining “yellow zone” restrictions will primarily be limited to outside the city of Florence. Due to this decision, the restrictive measures on Florence nightlife, as outlined in Mayor Dario Nardella’s “Plan of prevention and control for a sustainable nightlife” (“Piano di prevenzione e controllo per una movida sostenibilè”), will remain active.
These restrictions include limited parking and access to nightlife areas – including Piazza Repubblica, Piazza Santo Spirito, Piazza Strozzi, Sant’Ambrogio, Borgo la Croce, via Pietrapiana, via Pellicceria and most recently added, Santa Croce and Santissima Annunziata – as well as a ban on alcohol.
The measures will remain active to prevent residents who are not seated at tables from consuming food and drinks outdoors. As outlined in Nardella’s plan, this was done to limit the influx of people from congregating during summer months in public areas and further spreading the COVID-19 virus.
The prohibition of alcohol for those not at tables remains active on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 pm to 6 am. Additionally, the ban on the sale and possession of glass bottles will remain valid on Fridays to Sundays, from 9 pm to 6 am.
In the Santo Spirito, the restrictions on consuming food and drinks will remain valid every day. Bystanders are not supposed to sit on the steps of the church of Santo Spirito.
Furthermore, the summer ZTL (zona a traffico limitato) will be active for non-residents of downtown Florence from 11 pm to 3 am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, effectively closing the center starting Friday, June 21, and lasting until Sunday, Oct. 3.
The police will actively monitor the areas to maintain compliance of these guidelines. (rachel pellegrino)
To see the new guidelines in English under the “white zone” classification, click here.
To read more in Italian, visit Florence’s La Repubblica news site.