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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 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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