In order to mitigate the spread of the new Omicron variant and reduce cases of COVID-19, Italy has imposed new rules against unvaccinated and unwell people.
According to a decree approved by the Italian Cabinet last week, since yesterday, December 6, people who have not been fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 will not be allowed to access most public places and activities, including restaurants, bars, cinemas, theaters, sporting events, etc. .
These new tightening restrictions will now apply to everyone, including travelers, as Italian authorities have decided to upgrade the existing green pass to a “Super Green Pass,” TheSchengen.com reports.
“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.
Based on the new rules, it means that only fully vaccinated and recovered travelers who hold a valid document are allowed to enter most places.
Before this new rule came into effect, unvaccinated and non-exhausted people were able to attend various venues by only submitting a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours.
The initial form of the Green Pass, which can be obtained even by those who have tested negative for COVID-19, is still effective. However, the downside to this document is that the initial version of the Green Pass is currently only accepted in a few places, such as hotels, public transportation, and workplaces.
Italy is currently dealing with increasing cases of coronavirus, which have been steadily increasing since October. Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that Italy identified 101,264 new cases of COVID-19 only in the past seven days.
Italy has already detected cases of the novel coronavirus Omicron. According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), as of December 6, Italy has reported nine cases of Omicron.
As for vaccination rates, the same has shown that Italy has the highest rates compared to its neighboring countries. So far, Italy has provided about 96,213,080 doses of vaccine. This means that 73.3 percent of the total population has been fully vaccinated against the virus, while 78.7 percent have received only one dose of the vaccine.
Aside from the above changes, TheSchengen.com previously reported that the validity of the Italian Green Corridor will be shortened from 12 to nine months. The booster injection is allowed five months after the last dose.
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