As part of the broad interdisciplinary reflection on the issue of housing stimulated by the worldwide spread of Coronavirus, this paper aims to investigate the relationship between the pandemic emergency and post-disaster housing practices. It describes comparative ethnographic research within two temporary housing areas in the province of Macerata, installed following the earthquake that severely hit the central Apennines in 2016-2017. The paper analyses the impact of the restrictive measures imposed by the Italian legislation on these "new" forms of housing and highlights some critical areas, considered both in a domestic view and in a more extensive territorial one. Although the pandemic emergency certainly exacerbates the critical issues, they are attributable to the broader vulnerabilities of the territories hit by the earthquake, whose analysis cannot ignore the adoption of a historicised and diachronic perspective. After recognising the persistence of a "double emergency" in these territories, the conclusions suggest the importance of considering, analytically and pragmatically, the time factor of "return to normality", primarily related to the reconstruction of the houses destroyed by the earthquake.
Keywords: Housing, earthquake, pandemic, emergency, temporality.