Italy in January added the white tier to the system or rules, for parts of the country where the coronavirus risk is extremely low. 

Sardinia was declared a white zone on Monday and restrictions on the island were subsequently eased.

The move paves the way for the reopening of gyms, swimming pools, cinemas and theatres on the island, however, this may not happen until next week as regional authorities say they are taking a cautious approach.

The island’s restaurants can now stay open until 11:30 pm and bars until 9:00 pm, with the curfew reduced from 11:30 pm to 5:00 am compared to the national curfew of 10:00 pm to 5:00 am.

In other parts of the country, bars and restaurants must close at 6:00 pm.

People in Sardinia will still be required to wear masks, even outdoors, and the ban on large crowds remains.  

The measures will be in place until March 15, when the situation will be reassessed.

It is not known if any other regions could become white zones under the next weekly review of restrictions.

The region of Valle D’Aosta currently has the lowest contagion rate after Sardinia.

To qualify as a white zone, regions must report fewer than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants for three weeks straight, as well as showing other positive indicators, such as having a low reproduction number (Rt).

As of March 1, Italy’s 20 regions are divided into the following zones: two red (high-risk), nine orange (moderate-risk), eight yellow (low-risk) and one white.