We have published a page with useful links regarding Travel to Italy (and the EU) during the Pandemic. We encourage you to follow those links to stay informed as things change, and will keep updating this post ourselves. You can also use our Contact Page to ask questions; we will respond to your questions as well as we can, with the latest trends and regulations of the past 48 hours

How rapidly things change these days. Our desire for an end to the pandemic has us hanging on to every bit of news, good or bad. Worries about the vaccine became worries about availability, distribution, side effects, etc., but one after another, these obstacles have fallen away. We hope that you all have access to vaccines soon, which will be followed by access to our families and friends, and ultimately, access to the communities that help make our lives richer. We’ve seen that distribution of vaccines within populations is mitigating Covid outbreaks, and that vaccine availability is increasing. 

As of this week, La Romita Board and Management are optimistic that we will be able to run sessions in the fall of 2021. We are planning to open La Romita School of Art in September and follow Italian and US regulations for running safe workshops.

On Wednesday May 19th European Union countries agreed to ease Covid-19 travel restrictions on non-EU visitors ahead of the summer tourist season.  Ambassadors from the 27 EU countries approved a European Commission proposal from May 3 to loosen the criteria to determine “safe” countries and to let in fully vaccinated tourists from elsewhere, and that fully-vaccinated tourists from the U.S. and other countries would no longer have to quarantine or be tested.

NBC News also reported that Americans will eventually be able to apply for a European “Digital Green Certificate”, allowing unrestricted travel within EU countries.

While the details are changing frequently, what we know for certain is that the Italian government will allow fully vaccinated people to participate in La Romita classes this autumn. Following the guidelines of the CDC, WHO, and EU, we will host four programs in September and October. All staff and visitors will be vaccinated as well. This will allow the participants to actually live without masks while inside the La Romita compound and on the La Romita bus. Masks will certainly still be necessary for other travel and in public situations.

Since a recent peak in new cases on March 14th, Italy’s daily new case numbers have gone down steadily, as early vaccine distribution problems have been remedied.  Despite outbreaks in some states, the US overall is experiencing a steady decline in new cases.

 

Older news:

On April 25th, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Union’s executive branch, announced that since all three vaccines so far being used in the US have been approved by the EU’s drugs regulator, that, “All 27 EU member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved”. The EU and other sources refer to three of the vaccines by different names: 1. Comirnaty (Pfizer), 2. Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), 3. Vaxzevria (Astra Zeneca), 4. Moderna’s vaccine name is unchanged.

 On April 20th European Union Internal Markets Commissioner Thierry Breton announced that the EU will have enough Covid-19 vaccine doses to cover 70 percent of its adult population by July due to higher production within the bloc. “Fifty-three factories are producing vaccines in the EU. Our continent is now the largest producer in the world after the United States,” Thierry told French daily Le Figaro in an interview. “I am now certain of how many doses are currently in production and I know how many millions will be delivered each week,” he said. “This allows me to assure you that we will have by mid-July the number of doses necessary for vaccinating 70 percent of the European Union’s adult population,” he said, citing the threshold many health experts say is necessary to achieve “herd immunity.”

While the details are changing frequently, what we know for certain is that the Italian government will allow fully vaccinated people to participate in La Romita classes this autumn. Following the guidelines of the CDC, WHO, and EU, we will host four programs in September and October. All staff and visitors will be vaccinated as well. This will allow the participants to actually live without masks while inside the La Romita compound and on the La Romita bus. Masks will certainly still be necessary for other travel and in public situations. 

We encourage you to stay informed about the ever-changing regulations.

 

We have published a page with useful links regarding Travel to Italy (and the EU) during the Pandemic. We encourage you to follow those links to stay informed as things change, and will keep updating this post ourselves. You can also use our Contact Page to ask questions; we will respond to your questions as well as we can, with the latest trends and regulations of the past 48 hours

 

 

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