Italy And Its Senseless Covid Rules

The Coronavirus at the microscope, if it was an nft I’d totally but it.

Where do I need the Green Pass from 1 February?

The Green Pass is required to enter public offices, banks, post offices, tobacconists, bookshops and newsagents (unless outdoor kiosks), in addition to hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons. These are a lot of important places, but with a simple negative test you can enter like if you had two doses of the vaccine. Of course the tests are expensive, fifteen euros each one, but the coolest part of these cracked measures is about to come.

Super Green Pass

This new rule is in addition to the requirement of the Super Green Pass on public transport, in bars and restaurants (both indoors and outdoors), gyms, hotels, cinemas, theatres, malls and sports stadiums.

  • Italy lists shops exempt from covid Green Pass after 1 February

Duration of Green Pass

Also from 1 February the validity of the Super Green Pass for those who have had at least two doses of the covid vaccine is reduced from nine to six months. However the government is considering the possibility of extending the validity of the pass indefinitely for those who have had the third “booster” dose, with news expected on this front in the coming days. I hardly doubt that, I think that this autumn there will be another boost, and next year problaby too. It’s funny when last year the italian virologists said the same thing with two doses, that you will be immune to Covid for the rest of your life.

Masks outdoors

This is another silly measure: with the 80% of population vaccinated with two doses, was removed the compulsion to wear masks outdoor, because the vaccinated people are “less contagious” in respect to the unvaccinated. Since the 88% of the population has two doses, why reintroducing this measure?

  • The outdoor mask mandate, due to expire on 31 January, has been extended by 10 days and will remain in force until 10 February, news agency ANSA reported on Monday.

Covid vaccine mandate for over-50s

Also on 1 February the government introduces a €100 fine for all Italians and foreigners aged over 50 living in Italy who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19, under the government’s controversial vaccine mandate for the over-50s.

  • Italy makes covid vaccine mandatory for over 50s

Travel to Italy

Additionally, Italy eased travel rules for EU visitors from 1 February, dropping the government’s contentious requirement of a Covid test before departure, even for vaccinated travellers. As of today all that is required for EU travellers to Italy is a valid Green Pass. Until the 31th of January, all travellers to Italy from European Union countries had to undergo a covid test before departure — including those who are vaccinated. Also an obligation was in place that unvaccinated visitors from EU countries quarantine for five days on arrival, even if they tested negative for Covid. Italy’s former measures appears to undermine the EU digital health certificate system of common travel rules in operation across the bloc. European Commission vice president Vera Jourova told reporters: “These individual decisions of the member states will damage the trust of the people that there are equal conditions everywhere in Europe.”. Come to Italy, we’re happy to welcome you!



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