On March 13, Presidential Decree No. 168/2021 was published in the Official Gazette ordering the extension of the social distancing measures (known locally as “Social, Preventive and Mandatory Distancing” or DISPO) and lockdown (known locally as “Social, Preventive and Mandatory Isolation or ASPO) until April 9, 2021. Social distancing will be in effect nationwide until April 9, 2021.
The use of public transportation continues to be restricted to essential workers (defined locally as “individuals engaged in an essential activity”) and individuals undergoing medical treatment and their caretakers, as well as staff and students attending in-person classes. Movement restrictions for confirmed and/or suspected COVID-19 cases remain in effect.
Persons at higher risk of infection (i.e. those over 60 years of age, pregnant women, persons included in the so-called risk groups) and individuals essentially needed at home to care for children or teenagers continue to be exempted from the duty to attend the workplace in person. If these persons do not work from home, they will receive a non-remunerative compensation equivalent to their usual remuneration, net of contributions to the Social Security System.