10 August 2021
Under the new law decree published in the Official Gazette of July 23, 2021, the state of emergency has been extended until December 31, 2021, and the measures to deal with the COVID-19 emergency and safely carry out social and economic activities have been established.
Where it is required
Since August 6, people have been required to show a Green Pass to be given access to, or carry out, several activities, including the following:
- indoor seating at bars and restaurants;
- entering cinemas and theatres, accessing shows and sports events, both indoors and outdoors;
- entering gyms, swimming pools and spas;
- attending festivals and exhibitions, conferences and congresses;
- entering amusement arcades and bingo halls.
What it certifies and how long it is valid
A Green Pass provides proof that the holder:
- has received at least one dose of the Sars-CoV-2 vaccine. Validity: 6 months
- has recovered from the Sars-CoV-2 infection. Validity: 6 months
- has tested negative for COVID-19 (molecular or rapid antigen test). Validity: 48 hours
How you can get it
Several channels have been provided, with or without digital identity, with or without health card / registration with the Italian National Health System, with or without help.
The website https://www.salute.gov.it/portale/nuovocoronavirus/dettaglioNotizieNuovoCoronavirus.jsp?lingua=english&menu=notizie&p=dalministero&id=5531 lists the various ways to get a Green Pass; they can be briefly summed up as follows:
- Electronic Health File
- Immuni APP
- IO APP
- via pharmacies, GPs and paediatricians
Since August 1, the parameters that determine the classification of regions into zones have also changed. The two main parameters are now based on the bed occupancy rate:
- the occupancy rate of beds in the medical area for COVID-19 patients;
- the occupancy rate of ICU beds for COVID-19 patients.
As from September 1, only Green Pass holders will be allowed to access and use the following means of transportation:
- aircraft used for commercial passenger services;
- ships and ferries used for interregional transport services, except for those used for sea connections in the Strait of Messina;
- trains used in the Inter City, Inter City Night and High Speed passenger rail services;
- buses used for passenger transport services, with undifferentiated width, carried out on the road continuously or periodically, on a route connecting more than two regions, and with predetermined routes, timetables, frequencies and fares;
- buses used in chauffeur hire services, except for those used on additional local and regional public transport services.
Other modes of transport may also be used without Green Passes, provided that infection control measures are complied with.