Italy enforces tough Covid-19 regulations aimed at vaccination skeptics


Italy, one of Europe’s highest immunization rates, is toughening up on the small group of people who have refused to take the vaccine so far. A green pass – evidence of vaccination, recovery, or a recent negative test for buses, metro, local trains, and hotels – will be required starting Monday (Dec 6). Working, long-distance travel and most indoor venues already require it.
Many leisure activities, including dining inside restaurants and traveling to theatres, cinemas, athletic and other public events, will require a new “enhanced” green permit, which can only be obtained with vaccination or after recovering from Covid-19. The new measures introduced in late November are intended to halt the pandemic’s comeback and guarantee that the vital Christmas shopping season can go regularly.
Italy’s economy is expanding faster than the rest of Europe, and Prime Minister Mario Draghi wants to keep that momentum going as he pushes through reforms aimed at ending decades of stagnation.
While it has so far refrained from imposing a blanket vaccine mandate, Italy was one of the first countries in Europe to implement some of Europe’s strictest vaccination regulations. Since mid-October, a green permit has been necessary for employment and travel. As the number of instances increased across Europe, additional European countries followed suit.
Last Thursday, Germany’s government became the latest to step up its response, imposing harsh restrictions on the unvaccinated and weighing mandatory vaccinations. Austria has already suggested making vaccines mandatory, and other countries plan to punish individuals who refuse. With 16,632 new cases on Saturday and hospitals and critical care units progressively filling up, Italy is seeing a fresh wave of infections, albeit to a smaller extent than other European nations.


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