By Matthew Roscoe • 25 November 2021 • 10:24
ITALY has announced new COVID restrictions on Wednesday, November 24 – barring unvaccinated people from dining indoors, attending shows, sports events, public ceremonies and entering nightclubs starting in December.
According to the New York Times, the restrictions will start on December 6 and will last until January 15 in areas of Italy where cases and hospitalisations are rising.
People attending any of the events where restrictions are in place must provide proof of vaccination in order to enter. Proof of vaccination will also be needed to enter a hotel or use public transportation.
The government extended mandatory vaccination, already in force for healthcare workers, to all school staff, police and the military, beginning from December 15.
Speaking to reporters after the cabinet approved the new rules, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Wednesday: “We are seeing the situation in bordering countries is very serious and we also see that the situation in Italy is gradually but constantly getting worse.
“We want to be very prudent to try to safeguard what Italians have achieved in the last year,” Draghi said, stressing the need to avoid a full-blown lockdown against the coronavirus that in 2020 caused Italy’s steepest post-war recession.
The so-called ‘super health certificate’ tightens the requirement for a Green Pass, a certificate that allowed the vaccinated access to various leisure activities and services, to exclude people who have received a negative test in the past 48 hours but have not had a COVID-19 shot.
Most of these steps were widely anticipated following comments by ministers in recent days, but in a surprise move the government also decided to make the Green Pass mandatory for use on urban public transport.
In addition, third doses of the vaccine, so-called “boosters”, currently available to those over 40 years of age will be made available to everyone over the age of 18.
According to the most recent data, there were more than 10,000 positive cases registered in the last 24 hours and 83 deaths – with a positivity rate of 1.4 per cent.
There are 560 patients with coronavirus in intensive care units, 11 more than the previous day and those hospitalised with symptoms were 4,597 more than on Monday, November 22.
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