As of August 6, in Italy it will be mandatory to show the coronavirus health certificate before sitting at the table in a bar or restaurant, among other entertainment venues, as announced by the Government on Thursday.
The Council of Ministers has approved a decree in which the state of emergency is also extended for another five months, until December 31, amid a rebound in infections.
“We want to prevent a growth in infections resulting in new closures and the instrument we have is the vaccine. That is why the message is to get vaccinated, vaccinated, vaccinated,” the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, summarized in a press conference.
The text stipulates the obligation of the “green certificate” – which shows vaccination, having passed the disease or a negative test – to be indoors in places such as cinemas, bars, restaurants, theaters, museums, stadiums or concerts. The certificate will not be necessary to consume at the bar or on the terraces. It can be obtained with a single dose, as reported by La Repubblica.
The prime minister, Mario Draghi, has indicated for his part that in this way “Italians will be able to continue having fun” and has defended the decree as “a measure that gives serenity”.
Avoid the situation of Spain or France
The Executive of Rome thus wants to contain the virus, which is on the rise in recent weeks, but also to encourage vaccination, and has resorted to this certificate like other countries, for example the France of Emmanuel Macron.
“I invite all Italians to get vaccinated immediately, they must protect themselves and their families,” said the prime minister after reviewing the benefits of the vaccine for the economy and for society, given that the number of deaths is at a minimum.
“The delta variant of the virus is threatening. Other European countries are ahead of us in terms of contagion, but we have learned that, without reacting immediately, we have to imagine that what we see happening in France or Spain could happen again in Italy, if measures are not taken, “said Draghi, according to the Italian media.
However, the approval of this decree, which must pass through Parliament, has divided the partners of his coalition, between those in favor of extending the use of the certificate, generally the left-wing forces, and those who wanted to use it as little as possible, like the far-right Liga.
As claimed by this party, the certificate will not be requested in public transport, although the Government undertakes to study this issue when the summer passes, starting in September.
On the other hand, it changes the criterion according to which the regions are cataloged by colors according to their restrictions and for them the number of infections or the speed of spread (Rt) will not be taken into account, but the hospital pressure.
Regions in yellow, of slight risk, will be considered those that have 10% of the Intensive Care beds occupied by COVID patients; the oranges between 20 and 30%, and the red ones, that suppose confinement, if they exceed 30% of occupation.
At the moment all Italian regions are in the so-called “white zone”, without restrictions, only the use of the mask in closed spaces.
The vaccination campaign is progressing in Italy and 28.7 million people have already completed the program, 53.17% of the population over 12 years of age.
Minister Speranza has said that in recent weeks the health certificate has already been downloaded, on phones or printed on paper, by more than 40 million Italians of the more than 60 million who have already received at least one dose of the compound.