17th September 2021
It is the result of a country wide policy as Italy becomes the first European country to make it compulsory for all workers to have a Covid ‘green pass’. Cases remain low and stable, but the authorities have decide to be on the side of caution. NEW
From 15th October all workers will need to prove they’ve been vaccinated or have had a negative test, or that they’ve recovered from the virus.
It will affect around 23m people.
“With this measure, we make places safe. The green pass is an instrument of freedom. Also, it makes the vaccination campaign more effective,” said the Health Minister, Claudio Speranza.
“The implementation of a pass such as the one we are bringing into force with this decree will, we are certain, help us push forward this vaccination campaign,”
Nearly 65% of Italians have now been fully vaccinated, but infection rates are threatened by the Delta variant.
Currently there are 58 cases per 100,000 of population over a 7-day period – one of the lowest rates in Europe.
Three weeks ago it was 75 and five weeks ago it was 65.
Cases are stable, but the authorities are concerned and playing safe..
All workers in ski resorts will be affected including ski instructors, lift staff and those working in the accommodation and hospitality industries.
The measures are a first for Europe and some of the strictest in the world.
Anyone without a pass will face suspension from work and may have their pay stopped after five days.
Italy has recorded more than 4.6 million cases of Covid-19 and over 130,000 coronavirus-related deaths.
The so-called green pass was introduced to make travel within the EU easier and some countries have extended its use to other areas.
France requires a health pass for access to restaurants, bars, planes and trains.
Austria also has a similar scheme.
Switzerland has recently introduced stricter measures.
One expert in Switzerland is calling for tighter rules.