In Italy, despite a recent increase in the rate of coronavirus infection, the government is expected to issue a decree this week outlining its “roadmap” for abolishing the “super green pass” requirement and other steps.
According to Italian media reports, an announcement is expected to come after a government cabinet meeting on Wednesday, with the full details of the timeline anticipated to be released by next week.
Draghi said on February 23 that Italy’s Covid state of emergency will end on March 31 and confirmed plans to “gradually” lift the ‘super green pass’ requirement from April.
So far, no official confirmation of any planned changes from April 1 has been made.
However, Andrea Costa, Itlay’s deputy health minister, told the sources last week that the requirement to show a health pass will likely be abolished from starting April 1 for some venues.
He further stated, “Right from the beginning, there will be situations where the green pass will not be required.”
“For outdoor areas in restaurants and bars, for instance, from April, it will no longer be required to request the COVID-19 green pass. Then, by the summer, there will be no restrictions at all.”
The decree is also likely to lay out plans for abolishing the obligation to wear masks in public places throughout Italy, both indoors and outdoors.
However, the media of Italy speculates that regulations will change several times throughout April, and COVID-19 green pass rules will be lifted completely by the end of May.
Whilst some locations and services may keep the obligation to show a health pass in place beyond that date, others are projected to become accessible with merely a “basic” green pass (which can be given based on a negative test result) rather than a “super green pass” (which can only be issued based on proof of vaccination or recovery).
Almost all venues and services in Italy, including hotels, restaurants, and public transportation, currently require a super green permit’ for entry.
Furthermore, as part of Italy’s push to entice tourists to return, the ‘basic’ green pass requirement is expected to apply to hotels, restaurants, and public transportation.