Coronavirus Update 5: Country Lockdown

Coronavirus Update 5: Country Lockdown

The Decree of 9 March 2020 (DPCM 9 Marzo 2020) introduces further measures regarding the containment and management of the epidemiological emergency from COVID-19.

These measures demand all of us to radically change our lifestyle and ways of working embracing the imposed rules with common sense.

The latest Decree extends the suspension of in class teaching and curricular activities until April 3, 2020 to the entire Italian territory.

Medical and health courses excluded

The decree excludes from the suspension the courses for doctors in specialist training, and the activities of trainees of the health professions who, as regards those carried out at the Policlinico Tor Vergata, have suffered limitations imposed by the Health Department.

Students of all health professions, with the exception of the third year of the degree course in Nursing, can continue their activities at all medical and surgical facilities with the exception of the emergency room.


Please note that all research activities are not suspended and that administrative offices are open with some limitations of reception to the public, while still guaranteeing remote assistance.

Administrative Staff

Since the DPCM does not mention the suspension of work activities therefore there are no restrictions in reaching offices and work places.

Tor Vergata University has authorized the application of smart-work for members of the administrative, technical and libraries staff if compatible with the needs of the service.

Online Lessons

Teaching activities (lessons, doctoral exams and degree exams) will be carried out, up until April 3, 2020, in online mode, so that the educational path of all students is not further affected.


Exams already scheduled are suspended until April 3, 2020.

Office Hours / Appointments

In office appointments and office hours for all students are suspended and will be carried out exclusively online.

Public Tender / Open Competitions / Concorsi

All open competitions procedures are suspended with the exception of those in which the assessment of candidates is carried out exclusively on curricular basis or online.

Public competitions for health personnel are excluded from suspension, including state examinations and qualification to practice as a surgeon.

A painful choice

We are aware that closing libraries and study rooms, as well as postponing conferences, congresses, meetings and events of any nature, represents a painful choice.

What we are doing today is the consequence of an emergency which we must face with discipline, sense of duty and common sense, in order to be able to return to our respective training and work paths as soon as possible.

Be responsible

A thought of deep respect and gratitude to our doctors, nurses, trainees and trainees in the medical area who, like their colleagues throughout Italy, are committed daily to save the lives of our loved ones.

Finally, I appeal to all of you to respect, in this special moment of our lives, all the measures imposed by the Government and the indications that the University will issue to make them clearer and feasible, thus guaranteeing the best performance of our activities.

The Rector – Orazio Schillaci

Translated from the Italian Website (014)