Italy confirms to end state of emergency; ease covid restrictions

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The Italian government has announced its decision that it has decided to end, two year state of emergency officially and other covid related restrictions.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi earlier announced the end date (March 31) in February. Now, people are no longer liable to follow the domestic or international covid measures, and now the country can unhurriedly eliminate the remaining covid measures between April 1 and December 31, 2022.

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According to the rules, a four-tier system based on color codes – white, yellow, orange, and red zones for low, medium, and high epidemic risk, respectively; will no longer from Friday.

According to a cabinet decree passed earlier in March, several rules will change from April 1. The remaining measures will be applicable throughout the country, regardless of the local or regional epidemiological situation.

Most of the changes affecting the daily lives of Italians relate to “normal” green passes showing proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test, which are no longer required to enter public offices, banks, shops, and outdoor will be restaurants and bar areas.

However, a pass will still be required for patrons inside cafeterias and restaurants.

Another critical change is that people aged 50 years or more who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to return to their workplaces by submitting a negative test result.

However, the so-called “super” green pass (only showing proof of vaccination or recovery) will remain mandatory for healthcare workers, including nursing homes, until December 31.

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Also, starting Friday, local public transport passengers will not be required to present a green pass but will still be obliged to wear a face mask on board until April 30.

The ‘Super’ green pass will be mandatory for those visiting hospitals and care homes till December 31.

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