Italy makes COVID “Green Pass” compulsory for access to public places
A COVID-19 digital certificate with a QR code will be mandatory in restaurants and other Italian public spaces from Friday, as the government works to fight infections.
The Green Pass will be compulsory to enter all restaurants or other closed spaces, including gymnasiums, cinemas and theaters. Long-distance travel will also require proof of vaccination or a negative test.
People who break the rules face heavy fines ranging from € 400 to € 1,000.
Only Italian students and teachers who have the pass will be allowed in schools and universities. The certificate will be available in paper and digital format.
“We are committed to doing our best to reopen schools safely in September and to have classes run in person. With this new law, we are ordering a mandatory Green Pass as a condition of access to schools for all members. staff, ”Roberto Speranza, Italian Minister of Health, said.
School staff who do not have a pass for five consecutive days will be suspended and their pay will be frozen, italian media reported.
Demonstrations against the “Green Pass” have been observed all over Italy, with unmasked demonstrators waving banners reading: “dictatorial measure of the Green Pass” and “We are for the yes to freedom”.
But the turnout at the rallies was lower than organizers had hoped.
Italy now joins several other EU countries requiring such proof of status. France has already introduced a similar health pass and will extend the requirement from Monday for access to restaurants, bars, planes and trains.
Austria, Cyprus and Denmark are among the other EU countries that have launched similar programs.
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