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COVID-19 RULES

At a glance: What Covid-19 rules are now in place in Italy?

Italy has scrapped a large number of its Covid restrictions, but that doesn't mean there aren't some measures still in place. Here's a recap of exactly what the rules are in Italy right now.

Italian police officer on patrol in Rome.
Italy has pledged to ease health measures in the coming weeks, but many restrictions currently remain in place. Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

Italy’s health ministry confirmed at the end of May it would be lifting the requirement for travellers to provide proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative Covid test from June 1st.

That means that from the start of June, no Covid documentation is required to enter Italy (including the ‘dPLF’, or digital passenger locator form).

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On a national level, however, Italy has kept some health restrictions in place.

The decreto riapertura, or ‘reopening decree’, released in March, allowed for almost all of the country’s Covid restrictions to be dropped on May 1st; but an ordinance released at the end of April amended the decree to keep certain restrictions in place until at least June 15th.

As the rules have changed several times in recent weeks, there has been considerable confusion about what exactly people should expect when visiting.

Here’s an overview of Italy’s most important Covid restrictions rules you need to know about.

Masks

As of May 1st, masks are no longer required for a large number of indoor venues, and aren’t needed outdoors at all.

Bars, restaurants, hotels, shops, museums, galleries, gyms, swimming pools, spas, nightclubs and workplaces all no longer require any kind of mask (under national law – individual businesses may choose to impose their own, stricter rules).

Masks are still required on local and long-distance public transport; in health and social care environments, such as hospitals and residential homes; in schools; and in indoor entertainment venues, such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, live music venues, and indoor sports arenas and stadiums.

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: When do you still have to wear a mask outdoors in Italy?

High-grade Ffp2 masks are required on public transport (including planes, trains, ferries, buses, trams, coaches, school buses, trams and the metro) and in indoor entertainment venues; while lower-grade surgical masks are accepted in health and social care facilities and schools.

While the requirement to wear masks in indoor entertainment settings will be dropped as planned on June 15th, the health ministry is reportedly still deciding whether the deadline should be extended for public transport services.

Children under the age of six are exempt from all mask-wearing requirements.

Police can issue fines of between 400-1,000 euros to those who refuse to comply with the rules on wearing masks.

READ ALSO: Will Italy scrap the last Covid restrictions in June?

Green passes

As of May 1st, the requirement to show proof of vaccination or recent recovery from Covid (known in Italy as the ‘green pass’) to access most facilities and services has been dropped.

No health certificate of any kind is now needed to access almost all venues in Italy; the only exception being hospitals and care homes, which continue to require a ‘super’ or ‘reinforced’ green pass or its equivalent in the form of a foreign-issued vaccine or recovery certificate.

For entry into Italy from abroad, no Covid documentation of any kind is required as of June 1st.

People show their green passes outside a museum in Rome. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Venue capacity

Italy had lowered the maximum capacity of theatres, nightclubs, sports stadiums and other venues throughout the pandemic, but these rules ended on April 1st, meaning capacity has now been restored to 100 percent.

Travel to and within Italy

As of June 1st, Italy no longer requires arrivals to provide proof of vaccination, recovery, or a recent negative test result, following a press release from the ministry of health confirming that the requirement would not be extended beyond its expiry date of May 31st.

The requirement to fill out a dPLF (digital passenger locator form) was lifted on May 1st.

This means that from the start of June, travellers do not require any Covid-related documentation to enter the country.

See all the updated details about the rules on travel to Italy from your country on the government’s ‘Viaggiare Sicuri’ (travel safe) website.

READ ALSO: ‘Fit to fly’: Are Covid lateral flow tests valid for travel to Italy?

Within Italy, there are no restrictions on travel and movement between regions under current rules set by the national government, though local authorities can impose their own measures at any time.

Vaccine mandates

It’s anticipated that the vaccine mandate currently in force for people in Italy aged over 50, as well as teachers and those in the emergency services and armed forces, will expire as planned on June 15th.

Vaccination will remain mandatory for hospital and care home workers up until the end of 2022. Failure to comply will be met with a €100 fine.

Please note that The Local cannot advise on specific cases. For more information about how the rules may apply to you, see the Italian health ministry’s website or consult the Italian embassy in your country.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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