Italy’s Minister of State for Health, Andrea Costa, has revealed that the Italian authorities may review the COVID-19 measures currently in place in the country, including the use of the Green Corridor.
This means that if the situation permits, the Italian green lane will not be used as widely in 2022 as it is now, TheSchengen.com reports.
“It is reasonable to believe that with the new year there may be a review of the restrictive measures currently in place in our country, including the green corridor, which may be modified and curtailed in its application,” Costa said yesterday in an interview. for Rainews24.
Costa explained during the same interview that the state of emergency in the country ends at the end of 2021. Therefore, indicating that in the event that the number of people in hospitals continues to decrease and vaccination rates continue to rise, the country’s citizens will be able to return to normal life without having to follow additional measures related to the Corona virus.
The Italian Green Corridor is a document that shows whether a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, recovered from it, or recently had a negative test result within the past 48 hours.
The green lane is currently mandatory for everyone, including tourists, who wish to access any of the modes of transportation such as buses, ferries, planes, etc. In addition, the card is also mandatory for all those who wish to be allowed entry to bars, restaurants, theaters, cinemas, museums, swimming pools, sporting events, gyms, amusement parks, meetings, conferences and many other places and activities.
Apart from that, the Italian authorities announced last week that from Friday 15 October the card will also be mandatory for all people working in the public and private sectors.
As a result, based on the new rules, all people working in one of the two sectors who refuse to be vaccinated against the virus and who cannot present one of the other two documents – a refund certificate or a negative test result – will be suspended and at risk of not getting paid after the fifth day.
After the announcement, thousands of Italians protested in the streets of Milan, Rome and Trieste. Those who opposed vaccination said using the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of being allowed to work and access most places is against basic human rights.
In an update last week, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) revealed that the coronavirus situation has improved significantly in Italy. In the past 14 days, the country has recorded less than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Therefore, the EU health agency has suggested that EU member states relax entry rules against travelers from Italy.