As of 04:00 BST on Sunday, anyone returning to any part of the United Kingdom from Italy and Vatican City, must quarantine for 14 days.
Italy, which is visited by large numbers of UK residents, was one of the last major countries in Europe on the safe list.
It had its highest daily count of Covid cases on Thursday, with 8,804. The country has recorded a seven-day rate of 64 cases per 100,000 people. A rate of 20 cases per 100,000 is the threshold above which the Government considers imposing quarantine conditions.
Changes to the Government’s list of destinations from which arrivals do not need to enter quarantine have typically been announced every Thursday at 17:00 BST, and implemented the following Saturday at 04:00 BST.
Announcing the news on Twitter, the transport secretary Grant Shapps said the implementation date would be moved to 04:00 BST on Sunday 18th October and applies UK wide.
In Italy, it is mandatory to wear face coverings in indoor spaces, including shops, offices, public transport and in bars and restaurants when not seated at a table, though private homes are exempt.
Masks must also be worn in busy outdoor spaces. The country recently announced compulsory testing for anyone arriving from the UK, Netherlands, Belgium and the Czech Republic.
Photo: A clergyman wearing a protective mask walks along a Rome street outside St Peter’s Square at the Vatican earlier this week, as local authorities in the Italian capital ordered face coverings to be worn at all times outdoors in an effort to counter rising Covid-19 cases. Italy and Vatican City have since been added to the UK’s quarantine list. (CNS photo/Guglielmo Mangiapane, Reuters)