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How do Italy’s Covid rules change in April?

Italy's Covid rules change once again on April 1st. Here's what you need to know.

Italy's Covid restrictions change once again in April. What do the latest rules say?
Italy's Covid restrictions change once again in April. What do the latest rules say? Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP

As part of Italy’s plans to gradually phase out its Covid restrictions by the summer, the government is easing some rules for the month of April.

Further easing of restrictions is expected in May, and in June Italy is set to dispense with most of its restrictions altogether, in line with the government’s aim to start paving a path to normality.

Here are the rules in place from April 1st to April 30th according to the text of the government’s latest decree.

Note that the decree relates only to domestic health measures, ie: the rules once you’re in the country. If you’re looking for the latest news about Italy’s travel rules for international arrivals you can find that here.

Covid-19 green pass

Requirements for where and when people in Italy are required to show a Covid health pass, known in Italy as a ‘green pass’, change on April 1st.

Italy currently has two types of Covid pass: the ‘super’ or ‘reinforced’ green pass, which can only be obtained through vaccination or recent recovery from Covid-19; and the ‘basic’ green pass, which can also be obtained via a recent negative Covid test result from a pharmacy carried out in the preceding 72 hours (for PCR tests) or 48 hours (for rapid tests).

That means for those who aren’t vaccinated against Covid-19 or who haven’t recently recovered from the virus, a negative test result is required to access certain venues and facilities.

READ ALSO: Where you now need to show a Covid green pass in Italy

A tourist shows her green pass to an official.

A tourist shows her green pass to an official. Photo by Andreas Solaro / AFP.

From April 1st to April 30th, the following venues in Italy require the super green pass:

  • Indoor swimming pools, gyms, spas, sports centres, and communal showers and changing rooms, including in hotels.
  • Cinemas, theatres, concert halls, and indoor sports arenas.
  • Health and social care facilities, such as hospitals, doctors’ surgeries and residential care homes.
  • Nightclubs and dance bars.
  • Conventions and congresses.
  • Indoor organised celebrations and festivities, including those that take place after any kind of official ceremony.
  • Betting shops, casinos, and bingo halls.
  • Indoor cultural, social and recreational centres.
  • Indoor dining in canteens or restaurants, with the exception of hotel restaurants reserved exclusively for guests.

From April 1st to 30th, the following venues and services require a basic green pass:

  • Aeroplanes, interregional ships and ferries (excluding connections to Puglia’s Tremiti Islands and along the Strait of Messina), interregional trains and coaches, and high-speed inter-city trains.
  • Outdoor shows, sporting events and competitions open to the public.
  • Public and private training courses.
  • In-person prison visits and interviews.

That means that from April 1st, no green pass of any kind is required to use local public transport services, to dine outdoors at restaurants, to enter hotels, or to dine indoors in hotel restaurants that are reserved for guests.

READ ALSO: UPDATE: How Italy’s Covid green pass rules change for tourists in April

The green pass is also no longer required from April 1st in museums, shops, hairdressers and local offices (including bank branches and post offices).

Anyone accessing their workplace (both public and private sector workers) needs to have the basic green pass until April 30th.

Full vaccination along with a booster provides people with a ‘super green pass’ that has indefinite validity; for those who have undergone just the primary vaccination cycle or have recovered from Covid but not been vaccinated, the super green pass is valid for six months.

People who have been vaccinated in the EU or the UK should receive a QR code along with their certificate that can be scanned by authorities; for others, their foreign-issued vaccination or recovery certificates are considered equivalent to the super green pass and should give them access to all the same spaces.

The basic green pass is still required for indoor restaurant dining in Italy throughout the month of April.
The basic green pass is still required for indoor restaurant dining in Italy throughout the month of April. Photo by Marco Bertorello / AFP

Masks

Until recently, Italy has required high-grade Ffp2 masks in most situations.

This rule is somewhat relaxed from April 1st, with ordinary surgical (but not cloth) masks accepted in a wider range of circumstances.

The venues and services that continue to require Ffp2 masks from April 1st are:

  • Planes, ships, ferries, and all other interregional and local public transport services
  • School buses
  • Enclosed cable cars and chair lifts, including at ski resorts.
  • Performances open to the public held in theatres, cinemas, concert halls, and other entertainment venues, whether indoors or outdoors.
  • Sporting events and competitions, both indoors and outdoors.

The venues and services where an ordinary surgical mask is accepted (and masks are required) from April 1st are:

  • Nightclubs and discos, except for when people are dancing.
  • All other indoor areas apart from private homes.

The only exemptions are for children under the age of six; people whose disabilities mean the use of a mask would obstruct their breathing and people working directly with disabled people in circumstances where the use of a mask would make communication unfeasible; and those engaged in sports activities.

A masked tourist takes a selfie at sunset in front of Rome's Ancient Forum.

A masked tourist takes a selfie at sunset in front of Rome’s Ancient Forum. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto / AFP.

Quarantine

From April 1st, Italy’s quarantine requirements are also relaxed.

Those who test positive for Covid themselves are required to self-isolate until they test negative for the virus with either a PCR or rapid antigen test.

People who are close contacts of someone who has tested positive for Covid, on the other hand, are not required to self-isolate, but must wear an Ffp2 mask whenever they are indoors, or outdoors in the presence of groups of people, for ten days from the last point of contact.

If a person who came into contact with a positive Covid case begins to develop symptoms, they should take a (PRC or antigen) test from a private provider as soon as the symptoms appear. If they test negative but they continue to present symptoms, they should take an additional test five days after the last point of contact with the positive case.

Venue capacity

The capacity of both indoor and outdoor sports arenas and stadiums will be restored to 100 percent from April 1st.

READ ALSO: What changes about life in Italy in April 2022

Italy's sports stadiums return to full capacity on April 1st.
Italy’s sports stadiums return to full capacity on April 1st. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli / AFP.

Schools 

From April 1st, schools will also no longer employ class-wide distance learning or ‘DAD’ (didattica a distanza). That means full presence in class and the return of school trips and sports days, which have been cancelled for the past couple of years.

Quarantines will also be scrapped. From April, even if there are as many as four positive cases in a class – which until the end of March triggers DAD for the entire cohort – in-person lessons will continue. All those attending school will be required to wear Ffp2 masks for ten days from the last point of contact with a positive case.

Students who are in isolation due to their positive Covid status will attend class remotely via partial DAD set ups.

The requirement to wear masks, meanwhile, remains in force until the end of the school year – children under 6 years old remain exempt. Unless students have recently come into contact with a positive case, surgical masks as well as Ffp2 are accepted.

READ ALSO: How tourists and visitors can get a coronavirus test in Italy

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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.

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