The Italian Government has decided this Thursday new measures to face the increase in COVID-19 infections, the extension of the omicron variant and the arrival of the Christmas holidays.
In a press conference after the Council of Ministers, the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, announced the closure of discos and dance venues from January 30 to January 31.
According to the approved decree collected by the Italian media, baptized as “Festivity Decree”, the use of a mask abroad will become mandatory regardless of the risk category of each region (also in the regions of the so-called white zone, that of minor alert) a measure that several mayors and governors had already taken.
Likewise, it will be mandatory to wear FFP2 masks in cinemas, theaters, sporting events and transport.
The country will also say goodbye to the big New Year celebrations. Until January 31, events and parties that involve crowds in the open air are prohibited. There will be no legal limitations on the number of guests at home for Christmas Eve or Christmas.
As reported La Repubblica, once the clubs are reopened, only those who have the so-called ‘super green pass’ (vaccinated or cured) will be able to enter, but without the third dose, a negative test will have to be shown.
As of February 2022, the duration of the health pass will be reduced to six months. The time frame for the booster dose is also shortened to four months after completing the regimen.
Likewise, the use of the ‘super green pass’ is reinforced, which will also be requested for activities for which it was not necessary in lower-risk areas, such as gyms, swimming pools, exhibitions and museums.
Italy currently registers a cumulative incidence in the last 14 days of 530 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, according to Johns Hopkins data analyzed by elDiario.es –in Spain, this indicator stands at 842–. 79.4% of the population have at least one dose, while 73.7% have the complete regimen. 26.88% have received booster doses.
Prime Minister Mario Draghi has waited until the last moment to make a decision but, given the data, this Thursday he called his scientific advisers to think about measures against the pandemic and then the Council of Ministers to approve them.
“We are facing a variant that doubles the number of infected subjects and with a contagiousness markedly higher than what we had learned,” scientist Franco Locatelli, along with Speranza, said at a press conference.