General Covid-19 Information
Stay up-to-date on Covid-19 information, policies, and procedures at SACI and in Italy. This page will be updated as Covid-19 regulations change. SACI adheres to all rules mandated by the Italian authorities.
During the Spring 2021 term, the Jules Maidoff Palazzo for the Visual Arts is open Mon–Fri 9:00am–5:00pm, except when Tuscany falls under the orange or red risk level (see below for a definition of those terms).
Palazzo dei Cartelloni, including the SACI Worthington Library, is closed. With a few days’ notice, a staff member will be available to provide books to students who wish to borrow them.
Anyone entering the Palazzo Maidoff building (students, faculty, staff, etc.) must adhere to the following:
A body temperature check will be taken by the Front Desk Staff
A form needs to be signed stating that, to your knowledge, you have not been in contact with anyone with Covid-19 symptoms in the last 14 days.
Everyone must wear a mask, to be kept on at all times when circulating in the building and when students are not alone in the studio.
Hand sanitizer is located at the building entrance.
Students have access to the studios on one floor only and will not be allowed to use the elevator.
Building access will be denied to anyone in one (or more) of the following categories:
Is in Quarantine
Has been somewhere in the last 14 days that is considered an epidemic risk
Has been in contact in the last 14 days with one or more Covid-positive individual and is not able to provide negative test results
Has a body temperature above 37.5°C (99.5°F) and/or shows symptoms of the virus (cough, respiratory problems, etc.)
Two Covid-19 tests are available:
Serologic (blood test)
Nose swipe (most reliable)
Students who receive a positive Covid-19 test result must do the following:
Inform their Program Director
Call the SACI Emergency phone - a staff member will indicate how to proceed
Rules of Conduct in Florence as of January 2021
Each Region in Italy has been assigned to a risk category: yellow (moderate risk), which includes Tuscany; orange (medium-high risk), red (high risk). The Ministry of Health will be revising the situation very often, so the color assignment could change frequently. A useful website is available indicating the region’s color on a given day and listing the specific restrictions that apply; currently, it is only in Italian. Residents of yellow regions can travel freely but cannot leave their region except for work or emergencies, in which case a self-declaration form must be presented to law enforcement agents if stopped.
All shops are open. However, on weekends, stores located in shopping centers will be closed. The only stores open in these centers are those that sell food (supermarkets and smaller stores), pharmacies, tobacconists, and newspaper stands.
Masks are always mandatory indoors (shops, offices, businesses, etc.), and outside at all times, with the exception of those engaged in sports activities or in situations of “continuous isolation." When they are open, in restaurants and cafes, masks are mandatory when moving around inside and out of the restaurant, but not while seated at a table eating/drinking.
In addition to regional restrictions mentioned above, a national curfew is in effect between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am. The only people allowed to leave their homes are those who need to go to work or have health emergencies. Mayors can impose additional curfews in town center streets and squares where gatherings typically form; exceptions are made for those leaving businesses that are regularly open or returning home.
Museums, theaters, and cinemas are closed.
School trips are not allowed as well as private parties in restaurants, bars, and other public spaces.
Bars, restaurants, and cafes are open until 6:00 pm and may continue to operate home delivery and takeaway services until 10:00 pm. Hotels and other such tourist accommodations can serve dinner without schedule limitations to their clients only.
Clubs are closed until a later date. Nightclubs are seen by authorities to be significant transmitters of coronavirus.
Local fairs and festivals are no longer allowed; national and international fairs can still run, as long as they abide by the current safety protocols. In-person assemblies and conferences are also not allowed, and generally all public or private meetings should be conducted remotely, unless there is a valid reason not to.
Health clubs, gyms, and pools are closed; sports activities are permitted alone in open air while maintaining social distancing. Exceptions are centers that provide essential health services (such as physical therapy).
Public transportation in Italy is working at reduced capacity with no more than 50% of the total number of passengers allowed. It is recommended to avoid using it unless it is strictly necessary (work, study, or health reasons).
It is also mandatory to wear a mask and to keep a safe distance in all shops including grocery stores. A limited number of people are allowed inside at the same time and must not stay longer than needed. Some supermarkets deliver groceries upon purchase above a certain value per order. Many Florentines have adopted this practice as a way of limiting their exposure to supermarkets. Shopping centers are closed on holidays and the day before; pharmacies, food stores, news-stands, and tobacconists located inside the shopping centers will stay open.
Everyone living in Italy is encouraged to download Immuni, Italy’s Covid-19 tracing app, free and anonymous from the App Store or Google Play Store. The Immuni website has comprehensive information in English.
In the following cases, self-isolation must be implemented:
- Positive but asymptomatic: can end quarantine after 10 days of self-isolation and a negative Covid test.
- Positive symptomatic: can end quarantine after at least 10 days from the first symptoms (with the exception of loss of taste and smell, which can persist) and a negative Covid test which should be taken at least 3 days after the last symptoms have disappeared.
- Long-term positive symptomatic: those who continue to test positive, but have had no symptoms for at least one week (with the exception of loss of taste and smell, which can persist), can end quarantine after 21 days from the first symptoms.
- Those who have been in contact with someone who has a positive Covid test result, must self-isolate as follows:
- 14 days from the last contact; Or
- 10 days from the last contact with a negative Covid test on the 10thday
Traveling to/from Italy
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs website has up-to-date information on travel restrictions. A Self-Declaration is required when entering Italy from any country. A link to the document can be found on the website.
There are no travel restrictions for San Marino and Vatican City, EU countries (except for Spain, Romania, France, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, and the Czech Republic), Schengen, Andorra, and the Principality of Monaco.
If entering/returning to Italy from Spain, France, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, or the Czech Republic, a negative Covid-19 test result must be presented, which must be taken within 72 hours before entering Italy; or a Covid-19 test must be performed upon arrival at the airport, port, or border location, or within 48 hours of entering Italy at the local health authority.
Travel from/to Romania is allowed but requires mandatory self-isolation and supervision by health authorities upon return to Italy.
Travel to/from the US is allowed only for specific reasons, such as work, health or study, absolute urgency, or returning to one’s home. Travel for tourism is not allowed. When entering/returning to Italy, travelers must self-isolate and undergo supervision by health authorities. It is possible to reach your final destination in Italy only by private means (airport transit is allowed, without leaving the dedicated areas of the airport).
For additional countries not listed, please check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
Updated January 11, 2021