Officials have announced a plan to keep schools in Lombardy, Veneto and Emila Romagna closed for eight additional days. Originally, schools were closed from 25 February through 1 March as a precaution. The closure applies to universities as well.
The three northern regions have a combined total of 93% of the coronavirus cases recorded in Italy.
A national decree will reopen schools in Piedmont, Liguria, Friuli Venezia Giulia, and Le Marche on Monday 2 March 2020. Another national decision has ruled that children who are absent for 5 days or more will be required to present a note from their doctor in order to return to school.
Around Italy, all school trips are still on hold through March 15th. The suspension of field trips will cost the Italian economy an estimated €360 million.