Italy sets fines of up to €1,000 for breaking Covid ‘green pass’ workplace rules

Following the Italian government's approval of legislation to extend the Covid health pass to selected workplaces, those found breaching the rules will be subject to fines running into hundreds of euros, confirmed the decree.

Italy sets fines of up to €1,000 for breaking Covid 'green pass' workplace rules
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Staff working in schools, universities and healthcare facilities who are found without a ‘green pass’ will be sanctioned with a fine ranging from €400 to €1,000, according to reports of the draft decree approved by the Council of Ministers on Thursday.

Punishment will be applied both to workers who do not have the certificazione verde or ‘green pass’ and to managers and employers who are in charge making checks.

Italy’s ‘green pass’ was made mandatory for cleaning companies and canteen staff working in schools and universities, as well as external workers in the healthcare sector.

READ ALSO: How Italy has tightened the ’green pass’ rules in September

“Until December 31st 2021, the end of the state of emergency, in order to protect public health, anyone accessing all the facilities of educational and training institutions must possess and be required to display the Covid-19 green certification,” read the draft decree on the extended Covid passport.

The new decree contains the requirement for employees in the educational and healthcare sectors to show proof of vaccination, testing or recovery at workplaces.

In education, it applies to anyone entering a school but not to students and those who are exempt from the vaccine.

As the new school year gets underway, reports showed that one third of all Covid-19 cases in August were detected in children and young people between 0-19 years old, caused by the spread of the Delta variant.

And while the ‘green pass’ is required for everyone entering schools, except students, schoolchildren in Italy could also be exempted from the requirement to wear a mask if the entire classroom is vaccinated.

READ ALSO: Italy to begin third dose rollout as Covid vaccination campaign nears its target

The digital pass has been required since August 6th in order to enter many cultural and leisure venues across Italy, including museums, theatres, gyms, and indoor seating in restaurants.

Extending the Covid-19 health pass is also hoped to encourage an uptake in vaccinations, as the governmen aims to reach the national target of vaccinating 80 percent of the population over the age of 12 by the end of September.

Just under 73 percent of the eligible Italian population have now been vaccinated, according to the latest government data.

Find the latest updates in our green pass news section and further details on the official website (currently only available in Italian).

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Italy allows suspended anti-vax doctors to return to work

Italian heathcare staff suspended over their refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19 can now return to work, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni confirmed on Monday.

Italy allows suspended anti-vax doctors to return to work

Italy become the first country in Europe to make it obligatory for healthcare workers to be vaccinated, ruling in 2021 that they must have the jab or be transferred to other roles or suspended without pay.

That obligation had been set to expire in December, but was brought forward to Tuesday due to “a shortage of medical and health personnel”, Health Minister Orazio Schillaci said.

READ ALSO: Is Italy’s government planning to scrap all Covid measures?

Italy was the first European country to be hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020, and has since registered nearly 180,000 deaths.

Schillaci first announced the plan to scrap the rule on Friday in a statement saying data showed the virus’ impact on hospitals  “is now limited”.

Those who refuse vaccination will be “reintegrated” into the workforce before the rule expires at the end of this year, as part of what the minister called a “gradual return to normality”.

Meloni said the move, which has been criticised by the centre-left as a win for anti-vax campaigners, would mean some 4,000 healthcare workers can return to work.

This includes some 1,579 doctors and dentists refusing vaccination, according to records at the end of October, representing 0.3 percent of all those registered with Italy’s National Federation of the Orders of Physicians, Surgeons and Dentists (Fnomceo) 

Meloni’s post-fascist Brothers of Italy party railed against the way Mario Draghi’s government handled the pandemic, when it was the main opposition party, and she promised to use her first cabinet meetings to mark a clear break in policies with her predecessor.