The 420, Laser and Optimist International Genova Winter Contest due too take place over this weekend has been postponed.
This follows the Italian Prime Minister’s Decree-Law of March 4 on Coronovirus prevention measures, which suspended all sailing regattas in the National and Zonal calendar, in all Zones, until 22 March.
The measure also concerns training activities and rallies.
The Italian government has now confirmed that it is to quarantine the entire Lombardy region, effecting up to 16 million people.
Citizens will be unable to leave or enter the region, plus the areas of Venice, Parma and Modena. All schools, museums, gyms, ski resorts and swimming pools will be also shut.
All events organised in the private or public sector, from culture to sport, from religious activities to fairs, are suspended.
The Italian government also announced the closure of schools, gyms, museums, nightclubs and other venues across the whole country.
Those who break the quarantine could face three months in jail. The measures will last until 3 April.
Earlier all schools were closed from 5 March for 10 days and all professional sport, including Serie A football matches, will be played behind closed doors for a month.
On 6 March the Britsh National Health Service told Britons returning from anywhere in Italy to self-isolate if they have symptoms.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all but essential travel to 10 small towns in Lombardy and one in Veneto (Vo’ Euganeo), which have been isolated by the Italian authorities due to an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus.
Italy now has over 5,800 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 233 deaths, and is the third worst-hit country behind China and South Korea.
Two major sailing events are due to take place in Italy in April . . .
The Hempel World Cup Series Olympic classes event in Genoa, northern Italy, is taking place from the 12-19 April 2020.
And the first round of the America’s Cup World Series – is in Cagliari 18 to 22 April – in Sardinia.
While the ACWS venue is well away from the worst hit areas of Italy, all areas have now recorded cases of infection.
If you do decide you need to self-isolate on returning to the UK from Italy, you are also advised to call the NHS on 111 to find out what to do next.