The Italian government announced this weekend extraordinary measures affecting the north of the country to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Its president, Giuseppe Conte, has signed a decree establishing that the region of Lombardy and 14 other provinces (Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Pezaro-Urbino, Venice, Padua, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Treviso, Novara, Vercelli, Asti and Alessandria) will remain isolated until April 3.


The measure prohibits entry into or exit from these areas except for extraordinary reasons or work requirements. In view of this limitation, it is necessary to clarify that the transport of freight by road is not prohibited in these territories.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has informed through a note that the restrictions do not prohibit travel “for proven commercial reasons”. The transport of goods is considered a necessity of work, i.e. it is within the exceptions established by labour requirements.


Therefore, unless the persons making the journeys are subject to quarantine or have tested positive for the virus, “cross-border workers may enter and leave the territories” to perform their jobs and return to their countries of origin, as specified in the note issued by the Ministry.


In the event of a police check, transporters may prove the commercial reason for their movement by any means.


In Spain, the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, José Luis Ábalos, explained this Sunday in Valencia that the Council of Ministers will assess whether the Government should take measures in transport in relation to the coronavirus. From CETM, we recommend transport companies and their workers to follow the recommendations of the Ministry of Health.


For our part, CETM is continuously monitoring the evolution of COVID-19. If the health authorities make any changes in the recommendations to be followed or measures to be taken that could affect normal development, we will inform you immediately.