Italy Announces Tightened COVID-19 Rules for Unvaccinated Persons – Imposes New Green Pass System

In order to mitigate the risk of an increase in COVID-19 infections, the Italian authorities have announced that stricter rules will be implemented from the first week of December.

Yesterday, on November 24, the Italian Cabinet approved a decree on the proposal of President Mario Draghi and Minister of Health Roberto Speranza.

The decree intends to take urgent measures in a bid to contain the further spread of the virus and protect public health, TheSchengen.com reports.

According to a press release issued by the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers, unvaccinated and non-well persons will not be allowed to access many public places and activities, such as bars, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, clubs, sporting events and gyms. , among other things.

This is because from December 6, an updated model on the Italian green lane will come into effect.

“From December 6, 2021, the Enhanced Green Corridor has been introduced; the Italian government has made it clear that it only applies to those who have been vaccinated or recovered.

The new rules will require everyone to provide valid proof of vaccination or recovery in order to allow them access to most public places and activities.

Previously, unvaccinated and non-exempt Italian citizens, as well as foreigners, were able to attend various venues by only submitting a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours. However, as Italian authorities want to push more people to get their full vaccinations, the testing rule will soon be scrapped.

In addition, people who have recently taken a negative coronavirus test will also not be allowed to use public transportation from December 6.

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Commenting on the decision to update the Green Pass rules, Draghi said these measures are necessary because the country wants to “preserve the normal” that was achieved during 2021, thanks to strict travel and entry rules.

The same decree states that from December 15, the requirement for vaccination against the virus will be extended to other categories.

So far, the mandatory vaccination requirement has been applied to health care workers. However, from mid-December, the vaccination duty will apply to teachers, police forces and military personnel.

Furthermore, the decree agreed to reduce the validity of the Green Corridor to nine months. So far, vaccination and recovery certificates that fall under the green corridor have been valid for 12 months.

Regardless, the decree confirmed that a booster injection was permitted five months after the second dose. However, it was not made clear how long the validity of the Green Corridor would be extended.

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