September 17, 2021
This is the result of a nationwide policy as Italy becomes the first European country to make it compulsory for all workers to have a Covid ‘green pass’. Cases remain low and stable, but authorities have decided to be cautious. NEW
Starting October 15, all workers will need to prove that they have been vaccinated or tested negative, or have recovered from the virus.
This will affect around 23 million people.
âWith this measure, we are securing the premises. The green pass is an instrument of freedom. In addition, it makes the vaccination campaign more effective, âsaid Minister of Health Claudio Speranza.
âThe establishment of a pass such as the one we are putting into effect with this decree will, we are sure, help us to advance this vaccination campaign.
Almost 65% of Italians have now been fully vaccinated, but infection rates are threatened by the Delta variant.
Currently, there are 58 cases per 100,000 population over a 7-day period – one of the lowest rates in Europe.
Three weeks ago it was 75 and five weeks ago it was 65.
The cases are stable, but the authorities are concerned and are playing it safe.
All ski resort workers will be affected, including ski instructors, ski lift staff and those working in the accommodation and hospitality industries.
These measures are a first for Europe and among the strictest in the world.
Anyone without a pass will be suspended from work and may have their salary suspended after five days.
Italy has recorded more than 4.6 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 130,000 deaths linked to the coronavirus.
The green pass was introduced to facilitate travel within the EU and some countries have extended its use to other regions.
France requires a health pass to access restaurants, bars, planes and trains.
Austria also has a similar scheme.
Switzerland recently introduced more stringent measures.
An expert in Switzerland calls for stricter rules.