Covid Green Pass becomes mandatory in Italy for indoor dining, cultural events

Photo: EPA PM Mario Draghi

The Italy’s government announced on Thursday that a Covid Green Pass vaccine passport will be needed from 6 August to get into restaurants indoors, open-air shows, spas, swimming pools, gyms, fairs, congresses and competitive examinations, news wires reported. "The Green Pass is essential if we want to keep businesses open," PM Mario Draghi told reporters.

The so-called Green Pass shows if someone has received at least one jab, has tested negative or has recently recovered from Covid-19.

Due to the divisions within Draghi's unity government, the proposals to include trains, public transport and domestic flights in the pass system had to be shelved for now, with the rightist League party warning it would kill tourism, Reuters reported. By contrast, the cabinet agreed that discos should remain closed, even for those with a Green Pass.

The government's decision to widen its scope followed a similar move by France this month and underscores growing anxiety about the highly contagious Delta variant.

The number of new coronavirus infections recorded in Italy has doubled over the past week, hitting 5,057 on Thursday.

Some 48.2% of Italians are fully inoculated and 14.1% are awaiting a second jab, according to latest data. Studies show that double vaccinations offer strong protection from the Delta variant, while initial doses provide only limited cover.

Some rightist politicians, including lawmakers within Draghi's coalition, have refused to throw their weight behind the vaccination drive and have urged people under 40 not to get inoculated. The prime minister denounced such comments.

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