Italy’s Covid-19 health pass comes into effect

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Rome, August 6th (EFE) .- As of Friday, people in Italy wishing to enter stadiums, museums, theaters, cinemas, swimming pools, gyms and similar establishments, or to dine in a restaurant, must present a Covid-19 health certificate.

In museums and archaeological sites, visitors queued with their cellphones in hand to show the QR code for the so-called green passport, which proves that the wearer had at least one dose of vaccine that tested negative for coronavirus in the last 48 hours has been or has recovered from the disease.

Failure to comply can result in fines of up to € 1,000 (US $ 1,176) for both the customer and the company, and facilities can be closed for repeated violations for up to 10 days.

In order to enable unvaccinated rapid antigen tests, the government has agreed to reduce the price of Covid-19 tests in pharmacies from 22 euros to 15 euros for adults and 8 euros for minors.

To save the summer season, the government of Prime Minister Mario Draghi decided to exclude hotels from the health passport mandate for the time being.

However, from September, teachers at all levels of the Italian educational system and university students will have to present the Covid-19 health certificate.

Elementary and secondary school teachers who fail to provide the certificate face a ban and loss of salary.

The government also makes the pass mandatory for boarding an airliner and for most interregional travel by boat, train or bus, with the exception of ferries connecting the southern end of the Italian peninsula with the island of Sicily.

Italy recorded 6,599 new infections and 24 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health.

Almost 34 million Italians, or 62.55 percent of the population over the age of 12, are fully vaccinated, according to the latest official figures. EFE


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