COVID19: life update
It’s been quite a while since our last update. There isn’t much to update since our holiday update in December. Not much has changed, so I’ve included a photo dump at the end of the post with pictures we’ve taken on our walks around town the last couple of months. Unfortunately, the entire country is still on a modified lockdown. The Prime Minister removed the yellow zone, which means the entire country has been under orange or red zone restrictions the past few weeks. Restaurants, bars, gelato shops, and cafes remain closed for dine-in. We still have a curfew from 10 PM to 5 AM and can’t travel outside of our city of residence unless it’s for an essential reason like work, health, or school. Masks are still required to be worn anytime you’re outside your home. Group sports are still prohibited, but you’ll find playgrounds overflowing with kids and their families on the weekends.
Jaime still reports to work every day. That won’t change due to the nature of his work regardless of the restrictions Italy puts in place. The US Navy military base started vaccinating sailors in early 2021 and the team in Rome is fully vaccinated. The vaccination rollout here in Italy has been incredibly slow — partly due to logistics and partly due to lack of product. The Daily podcast by the New York Times has a great episode about why the vaccine rollout in Europe has been so far behind other countries, you can listen to it HERE.
Italy is planning to reopen the country starting next week, April 26th. Restrictions will be gradually relaxed for regions in the yellow zone. Starting on Monday, restaurants will be open for outdoor dining only, schools will resume in-person teaching, and we’ll be allowed to travel to and from other yellow zone regions. For the most part, traveling outside of our region hasn’t been possible since October. Cinemas and theaters can reopen with outdoor showings and indoor showings with limited capacity.
In May, beach clubs and pools will reopen with limitations. In June, gyms will reopen and we are so excited because all gyms have been closed since October. Large trade fairs will restart in July. The 10 PM curfew will still be enforced and unfortunately, there is no timeline on when non-essential international travel will be allowed.
Most days I stay home, only going out for errands and walks around town. On the weekends, Jaime and I take long walks around different neighborhoods and pick up coffee and gelato to go. We can’t wait for the country to open back up since we only have until the end of this year this continue enjoying living in Italy. It has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see Rome and all her history without crowds. By this summer, we should know where we’re heading next and right now we’re hoping it’s California, Spain, Japan, or Washington. Our move date is scheduled for January 2022.
Missing you all and wishing we had more time in Italy to experience this beautiful place together,
Jordan & Jaime