In a move to avoid new regional lockdowns Italy’s Green Pass system will come into effect on August 6.
Eating inside restaurants and entry to outdoor events, wellness centres, pools, gyms, theatres, museums and cinemas will require showing the EU Digital Covid certificate.
Standing at the bar counter for a coffee or eating and drinking outdoors will be allowed without.
The certification shows confirms your vaccination status (one shot is sufficient for access), that you have had a negative test in the last 48 hours, or that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months.
It is anticipated that non-EU members will require to show a counterpart certificate from their countries of origin, though that has still to be confirmed.
Failure to comply with the green pass system may result in a fine between 400 and 1,000 euro for both the business and the customer. Repeated violations could result in closure for the business.
Other measures still under discussion include the introduction of the Green Pass requirement on public transport, in the workplace and for school staff.
At the same time new parameters are also being introduced to assess infection levels across the Italian regions based on beds available in ICU units and other wards. Once again the driver is to avoid imposing new regional lockdowns, at least until the Italian main summer ferragosto holiday is over.