The Italian government has backed a new regulation to extend the so-called “green pass” to all workers, both in the public and private sectors.
This was reported by ANSA.
The decision is likely to take effect on October 15. The government meeting is ongoing, and details will be announced later. The document provides for suspension after 5 days of absence because the employee does not have a COVID pass.
Regions have asked the government to extend the coronavirus tests to 72 hours rather than 48. It is not yet known if this request has been fulfilled.
Beginning in mid-October, it will be necessary to have a vaccination, test, or provide proof of recovery from COVID in order to enter public and private establishments, as well as stores and restaurants.
Workers who go to work without a COVID pass are planned to be severely fined, but not fired: for amounts ranging from 600 to 1,500 euros, and even more, if the document is found to be forged.
Today, according to the government, 13.9 million workers already have a “green pass,” 4.1 million still do not.
In the past 24 hours, Italy has confirmed 5,117 new infections and 67 coronavirus-related deaths. There are 4,018 coronavirus patients in hospitals, 531 of whom are in intensive care units.
Although some European Union states have ordered their health care workers to be vaccinated, none have made a “green pass” mandatory for all workers.
Italy has the second-highest death toll from COVID-19 in Europe after Great Britain, with more than 130,000 deaths from the disease since the pandemic began in 2020.
About 74% of Italy’s population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 68% are fully vaccinated.
Recall that since September 1, COVID-certification in Italy has become mandatory on domestic flights, long-distance trains, interregional buses, and ferries, for attendance at universities and for all employees of educational institutions.