Stricter rules for the upcoming months: expanding the use of the Super Green Pass and obligatory vaccination for over-50s
While the vaccination campaign is going swimmingly and more than 84% of the Italian population has been vaccinated, Italy will implement tighter restrictions to curb the surging of COVID cases. The new measures seek to protect the most vulnerable and combat the COVID-19 contagion and have been up in place from January 10th.
The government has previously distinguished between a basic Green Pass and a Super Green Pass but has now extended the venues in which the latter will be required. In hopes of decreasing contagion rates, the use of the Super Green Pass has been extended to all kinds of public transport, plus ski lifts, in addition to the already established rules for counter service consumption in bars and restaurants, to accessing gyms, swimming pools, spas, and cultural centres.
Meanwhile, the use of the basic Green Pass will be necessary to access hairdressers and beauticians from the 20th of January, and from the 1st of February, it will be required to enter banks, post offices, non-essential shops and shopping malls.
The government’s latest decree makes the vaccine obligatory for the over-50s from the 15th of February. They will be able to access their work only with the Super Green Pass. For workers under 50, the basic Green Pass rule stays.
An outdoors mask mandate stays in place all throughout Italy, even in white zones, to reduce the risk of infections with a special focus on making the Ffp2 type masks obligatory until the 31st of March.
All nightclubs and dance venues stay closed until the 31st of January.
The Green Pass / EU digital COVID Certificate
An EU Digital COVID Certificate is a digital proof that a person has either been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or recovered from COVID-19. You will need to provide your COVID Green Pass for hotels, changing rooms for sporting activities, regional rail and local public transport.
You can show your Green Pass in paper format, or on your smartphone via apps like IO, or your regional Salute app (like Salute Lazio). A QR code indicating your situation will show up on the app automatically — a maximum of a couple of days after your vaccine, or you will be prompted to download it.
The validity of the Green Pass will be cut from 9 to 6 months from the 1st of February 2022.
The administration of a third booster dose has been cut from 5 to 4 months.
What is the Reinforced/Super Green Pass?
The super green pass is a reinforced Green Pass that applies only to those who have been vaccinated or recovered, and it does not account for negative Covid test results. You need the super green pass for the following activities or indoor venues (also inside “white” zones):
- public transport (local, regional and national), planes, trains, buses, ferries, trams and subways
- indoor and outdoor dining in restaurants / bars (including counter service consumption)
- ski lifts
- hotels and other accommodation facilities
- museums / galleries / cinemas / libraries / theatres
- stadiums /gyms / indoor and outdoor swimming pools / wellness centers / spas
- sports events / group sports
- cultural and social centers
- conventions and conferences
- fairs / festivals
- theme parks / casinos / game rooms
- public ceremonies
- parties after civil and religious ceremonies
This means that those who have not been vaccinated or recovered will not be able to access such services/venues anymore.
Italy’s four-tier system for health measures
Italy’s government led by Mario Draghi has confirmed four-tier system in Italy, classifying regions into colored zones according to how critical the Rt index is (rate of transmission) and the hospitalization numbers. Since November, Italy has been divided into four zones: white (safest), yellow (safer), orange (medium risk) and red (high risk). Most regions have reported cases low enough for the entire country except for seven regions that are in the yellow zone (update: 10/1/22).
The White Zone
At the moment, six Italian regions are classified as a white zone (update 10/1/22).
Italian regions classified as white zones are the safest and have fewer restrictions than others. In the “White Zone” regions, wearing a mask is now mandatory indoors and outdoors. You will need a Super Green Pass to access public transport, restaurants & bars, cinemas, hotels, shows (such as theatre performances), parties, sporting events, and “public ceremonies”.
The Yellow Zone
Under a law introduced by the Italian government in July, any region above the threshold of 10% ICU, 15% general ward Covid patient occupancy, and with a new weekly incident rate of 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, should automatically be placed in the yellow zone.
Fifteen regions are classified as yellow zones (last update 10/1/22) – Abruzzo, Calabria, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardia, Marche, PA Bolzano and Trento, Piemonte, Sicilia, Toscana, Valle Aosta, and Veneto.
The restrictions for the regions in the yellow zone are as follows:
- Wearing a mask is mandatory indoors and outdoors (this has been extended all throughout Italy)
Measures that apply all over Italy
At the present moment, there is no night curfew in Italy.
Travel in Italy
Leisure travel is allowed between all regions of Italy.
Travel to and from European Union Countries
All passengers coming from European Union countries are allowed to enter Italy with no need of quarantine, as long as they present a negative molecular swab performed within 48 hours or rapid antigenic test within 24 hours, along with the certification of vaccination or recovery and Passenger Locator Form. For those who do not have a valid certification of vaccination or recovery, they are required to undergo a 5-day fiduciary isolation in addition to the swab.
Mandatory mask mandate stays
The outdoors mask mandate is put in place all throughout Italy even in white zones to reduce the risk of infections until the 31st of March. It will be mandatory to wear the Ffp2 type masks in cinemas, theatres, live music venues, nightclubs, open-air stadiums, and also all forms of public transport. Consumption of food is forbidden in such venues.
Nightclubs closed till 31 January
In an effort to prevent mass socializing, nightclubs and other dance venues will remain closed until the 31st of January. In February, clubs will reopen, but entry will be allowed only to those with three doses of the vaccine, or two doses, but a negative antigenic/molecular test done 48 hours prior to entry.
Gyms, swimming pools, wellness centres require the Super Green Pass
Outdoor and indoor pools, as well as gyms, are open, however, the Super Green Pass is required to enter them. A two-meter distance is required at all times, masks must be worn in communal spaces, while public showers are not allowed. The only exception is for health facilities providing services falling under the category of essential assistance.
Stadiums and sports facilities remain open with a 50% capacity outdoors, and 35% indoors. The Super Green Pass is required (from 30/12 until 31/03/22) to enter all sports events indoors. Depending on the epidemiological situation and the characteristics of the locations and events in the white and yellow zones, the allowed maximum capacities may change and vary in order to contain contagion rates.
Museums and art galleries are open without restriction. The Super Green Pass and mask are required to enter (until 31/03/22), and distancing measures stay.
The Super Green Pass is mandatory for hotel stays and to access hotel restaurants from the 10th of January until the 31st of March.
White and yellow areas: To access the ski lifts the Super Green Pass is now mandatory from the age of 12. On cable cars, gondolas and chairlifts with canopy the FFP2 mask is mandatory from the age of 6 and the capacity will be reduced to 80 %. To access restaurants and mountain huts a vaccine or heeled certificate is necessary, a negative Covid test is not enough.
Orange areas: also to access the lifts a vaccine or heeled certificate is necessary, a negative Covid test is not enough.
Red areas: lifts, restaurants and mountain huts will be closed.
Private ceremonies allowed
Private gatherings linked to civic or religious ceremonies such as weddings, baptisms, communions and confirmations will be allowed. All participants must have the Super Green Pass.
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