Fourth wave: Italy tightened corona rules

Although significantly more people are vaccinated in Italy than in Germany, the number of infections is rising sharply again. The government is now counteracting this with an expansion of 2G and 3G.

In view of the fourth corona wave, Italy’s government has decided to stricter rules. “We want to maintain this normalcy now and do not want any risks,” said Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

From December 6th, 2G rules will apply in many areas in the country with around 60 million inhabitants. Anyone who wants to go to bars, restaurants or events from then on must be proven to have been vaccinated against Covid-19 or have recovered from the disease. The government approved a corresponding decree. The rules apply nationwide until January 15th. Thereafter, only in regions that are divided into corona zones with stricter rules.

3G rule in hotels and public transport

The new restrictions of Rome make everyday life difficult, especially for the unvaccinated. 3G rules have been in place in the workplace in Italy since October 15th. The regulation will now also be extended to hotels, local public transport and regional rail transport. So far, you only had to prove in long-distance traffic that you were vaccinated, tested negative or recovered.

The digital or printable proof of vaccination and recovery, for example, is called “Green Pass” in Italy. This should now lose its validity after nine instead of twelve months.

In the Mediterranean country, the corona incidences have recently increased significantly. On Wednesday (November 24), health authorities reported almost 12,500 new infections and 85 deaths from the virus within one day.

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