- 26 Mar 2020
The Ministry of Economic Development (MiSE) issued a decree on 25th March 2020 for the specific purpose of amending the Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers (DPCM) issued on 22nd March 2020, which provided for the suspension of commercial/retail and manufacturing activities, with the exception of those indicated in Annex 1. In particular, the MiSE Decree has reduced the list of business activities which are exempted from suspension.
In addition, further rules were provided for the business activities listed here below:
- the “activities of temporary work agencies” are permitted as long as they are performed in relation to the businesses listed in Annexes 1 and 2 of the DPCM issued on 11th March 2020 (i.e., retail and so-called “personal service activities” such as supermarkets, discount stores, hardware stores, refuelling service points, laundromats/dry cleaners, funeral directors, etc.) – and those listed in Annex 1 of DPCM of 22nd March 2020, as amended by the MiSE Decree of 25th March;
- “Call centre activities” are permitted as long as they are “inbound call centres that respond to calls from users by means of operators, automatic call distribution systems, computer-telephone integration technologies, interactive response systems or similar systems that are able to take orders, provide product information, and deal with customers requiring assistance or making complaints” and, in any case, as long as they are carried out in relation to the business activities listed in Annex 1 and 2 of the DPCM of 11th March 2020 and those indicated in Annex 1 of the DPCM of 22nd March 2020;
- activities classified as “activities and other services providing support to companies” are only permitted if services are provided via home delivery.
Finally, please note that the companies whose business activities have been suspended by the MiSE Decree have until 28th March 2020 to complete any activity considered necessary for the suspension, including the shipment of goods in stock.
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