The north-eastern region around Venice has seen infections rise in the past week in an outbreak traced back to a resident who returned from an overseas trip and refused to go to hospital despite showing symptoms.
In a new ordinance issued on Monday, regional governor Luca Zaia set a fine of €1,000 for anyone who breaks quarantine rules – even if they have tested negative for the new coronavirus. If someone is caught leaving isolation to go to work, their employer is liable to pay €1,000 for every employee exposed.
Meanwhile, health authorities are obliged to report anyone who tests positive but refuses to isolate to the police for possible criminal charges.
A 14-day quarantine is obligatory for anyone who enters Veneto from outside the EU, Schengen Zone, or the UK. People who come into contact with someone who tests positive for the coronavirus, or who show symptoms of being sick with Covid-19, must also self-isolate for at least two weeks.
On top of quarantining, people who travel for work must test negative twice before being allowed to return to their work as normal.
People who test positive can be fined €5,000 and jailed for up to 6 months for failing to quarantine, but there is no way to force them to go to the hospital.