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EXPLAINED: Where you need Italy’s Covid vaccine pass from January 10th

Italy's Covid restrictions change once again from Monday January 10th. Here's what you need to know.

Italy will require a 'super green pass' health certificate for outdoor dining from January 10th.
Italy will require a 'super green pass' health certificate for outdoor dining from January 10th.Piero CRUCIATTI / AFP

Italy extends its ‘reinforced’ or ‘super’ green pass requirement to a range of additional venues from Monday under a rule change announced in late December.

The reinforced green pass, first introduced in early December, can only be obtained via vaccination or recovery and not with a negative test result – leading some to refer to it as a vaccine pass.

Calendar: When do Italy’s Covid-19 rules change?

Since the pass was introduced, Italy has operated on a two-tier health certificate system, with the more longstanding basic green pass (which can be obtained by a negative test result, in addition to vaccination or recovery) required for some venues and activities, and the super green pass required for others.

As Italy’s case numbers have spiked in recent weeks, the Italian government has expanded the use of the reinforced green pass in an effort to encourage vaccine uptake and curb its infection rates.

Here are all the venues to which the ‘super green pass’ requirement will be added from January 10th, according to the latest information on the government’s website (here in Italian):

  • All restaurants and bars, for both indoor and outdoor dining, including in hotels
  • All public transport, including local buses
  • School buses serving children aged 12 and up
  • Hotels
  • Ski lifts
  • All indoor and outdoor swimming pools, wellness centres, gyms and team sports facilities, including changing rooms
  • All indoor and outdoor spas and thermal baths except for “essential rehabilitation or therapeutic treatments”
  • Museums, exhibitions and cultural venues, including libraries
  • Celebrations relating to religious or civil ceremonies
  • Fairs, festivals, conventions and conferences
  • Theme parks
  • Indoor and outdoor cultural, social and recreational centres (excluding educational centres for children)
  • Games rooms, betting rooms, bingo halls and casinos.

A bar owner shows a valid Green Pass on the VerifyC19 mobile phone application in central Rome on August 6, 2021

From January 10th Italy’s reinforced green pass will be required to enter a range of additional venues. Andreas SOLARO / AFP

This is in addition to the venues where the super green pass is already required:

  • Indoor theatres, cinemas and concert halls
  • Sports stadiums and events
  • Visits to residential and care homes (either a booster dose or a negative test is also required here)

Despite expectations that the government could announce an extension of the super green pass requirement to the workplace in its latest decree issued on Wednesday, no such development materialised.

The ‘basic’ green pass remains valid to enter the workplaces for all categories of workers not subject to a vaccine mandate (currently healthcare workers, police, teachers, university staff, and emergency services workers).

Instead, the decree took many by surprise in imposing a vaccine mandate for all over-50s in Italy.

EXPLAINED: What’s in Italy’s latest Covid decree?

Prime minister Mario Draghi said at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday that the government was “working in particular on the age groups that are most at risk of being hospitalised, to reduce pressure on hospital to save lives.”

An estimated 2.34 million people aged over 50 in Italy have yet to have a single dose, according to the latest data from the Gimbe Foundation, an independent research institute.

From January 10th, booster doses of anti-Covid-19 vaccines will be made available four months after the last dose, instead of five as is currently the case, Italy’s pandemic emergency commissioner has confirmed.

Member comments

  1. How do you prove that someone had Covid if from abroad Italy? Passing the information to some friends that I now their kid has not been vaccinated but he had Covid recently. And how does the Covid infection last for the Super Green Pass?

  2. Can you possibly answer the question of what has happened to the Driving Test regulations that said after December 2021 we had to take a test or our UK driving licence was not valid anymore?

  3. The Local, you left out:-
    shopping centres
    the banks
    post offices

    Would be honest if you also admitted that you’re shocked with these shameful restrictions.

    1. Very reasonable restrictions- everybody had a chance to get vaccinated- and if you don’t want to honor your host country…

      1. Respectfully, these restrictions are not at all reasonable, in fact they are absurd, and no one should be forced and essentially blackmailed into getting this vaccine for multiple reasons.

  4. I have family visiting from the UK for a skiing holiday in February. Will the NHS app suffice as a ‘super pass’? If not what additional proof is needed?

  5. Does the list include Airplanes and Airports? I have read that it does but you didn’t mention them.

  6. We’re from the US, where we do NOT have a QR code, but only our paper pass, with dates handwritten as to our 2 doses. So far most establishments have taken it no problem but this will probably change now with the more stringent regulations. Does anyone know a way to convert it to an EU super green pass?

  7. I appreciate that it is difficult to predict too far into the future but i wonder if anyone knows how long covid passes will be valid for. we are based in England and have two trips planned to visit family in Italy. the first will be 4 months after our booster jabs, However, the second trip will be 7 months after the jab. I believe that currently I need to be no more than 6 months after the last vaccination and since there are currently no plans for a 4th vaccination in England this could be a problem. Any suggestions?

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Italy lifts mask mandate for private sector workers

Masks will no longer be required in the workplace but Italian companies will have the right to impose restrictions for employees deemed "at risk".

Italy lifts mask mandate for private sector workers

Representatives from the Italian Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Health and all major national unions collectively signed off on Thursday a new “shared protocol” (protocollo condiviso) for the implementation of anti-Covid measures in private workplaces. 

Although the full text of the bill will only be made available to the public sometime next week, portions of the document have already been released to the media, thus disclosing the government’s next steps in the fight against the virus.

The most relevant update concerns face masks, which will no longer be mandatory in private workplaces. 

However, the text specifies, FFP2 face masks remain “an important protective item aimed at safeguarding workers’ health”. As such, employers will have the right to autonomously impose the use of face coverings on categories of workers considered “at risk”.

READ ALSO: Italy’s transport mask rule extended to September as Covid rate rises

Notably, face coverings may remain mandatory for those working in “indoor settings shared by multiple employees” or even in “outdoor settings where social distancing may not be practicable”. Individuals with pre-existing medical conditions (soggetti fragili) may also be subject to such rules, which, it is worth reminding, are left to the employer’s discretion. 

Alongside mask-related restrictions, employers will also have the right to have their staff undergo temperature checks prior to entering the workplace. In such cases, anyone with a body temperature higher than 37.5C will be denied access to the workplace and will be asked to temporarily self-isolate pending further indications from their own doctor.

In line with previous measures, companies will be required to continue supplying sanitising products free of charge and regulate access to common areas (canteens, smoking areas, etc.) so as to avoid gatherings.

Additionally, employers will be advised to keep incentivising smart working (lavoro agile), as it has proved to be “a valuable tool to curb infection, especially for at-risk individuals”.

Provided that the country’s infection curve registers no significant changes, the updated protocol will remain in place until October 31st, when it will yet again be reviewed by the relevant governmental and social parties. 

With the latest round of measures, Italy has now scrapped all Covid-related health measures, except the requirement to wear face masks on public transport (though not on planes) and in healthcare settings, and self-isolation provisions for those testing positive. 

READ ALSO: At a glance: What are the Covid-19 rules in Italy now?

Italy’s infection curve has been rising significantly since the beginning of June. From June 1st to June 14th, Covid’s R (spreading rate) rate rose back over 1 for the first time since April 8th. Also, from June 17th to June 23rd, the virus’s incidence rate was 504 cases every 100,000 residents, up by 62 per cent on the previous week.

According to Claudio Mastroianni, Professor of Infectious Diseases at Sapienza University of Rome, “with 25 per cent of daily Covid swabs coming back positive and a R rate over 1, the infection curve will likely rise at least until mid-July”.

However, albeit acknowledging the rising number of positive cases, Deputy Health Minister Andrea Costa has so far categorically excluded the possibility of re-introducing lapsed Covid measures, saying that it’ll be a “restriction-free summer”.

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