Italy and COVID-19: Legal Overview on Key Business Issues

    View Author March 2020

    The recent outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has rapidly evolved from a local issue to a global crisis. In addition to the tragic human loss, the disease is having, and will continue to have, a profound economic impact.

    Since the first reported COVID-19 case in Italy on February 21, 2020, the spreading of the virus has rapidly escalated, quickly becoming a national health emergency.

    Based on Article 77 of the Italian Constitution, in extraordinary cases of necessity and emergency, the government can adopt decrees having the force of law, which are immediately binding upon adoption but require parliamentary ratification within 60 days.