Italy has become the first European country to make COVID-19 passes mandatory in all workplaces. The new regulations will enter into force on October 15. A pass is issued based on vaccination, recovery from coronavirus infection, or a negative test result. Thus, the government radically expanded the use of the so-called Green Pass.
Currently, all school employees must have a sanitary pass.
COVID-19 pass obligation
From mid-October, this requirement will apply to all employees: the budgetary sphere, state and private companies, the government of Mario Draghi wrote in a decree.
– In the decree, from October 15, we extend the use of the Green Pass in the entire world of work, in the public and private spheres – said Minister of Health Roberto Speranza at a press conference in Rome. “There are two reasons for this: the idea is to make workplaces safer and to step up the vaccination campaign,” he added.
Penalties and Suspension
An employee who is caught at work without a pass may be fined up to EUR 1,500. On the other hand, employers who will not comply with the new regulations may face a financial penalty of up to EUR 1,000.
Public sector employees risk suspension if they accumulate five absences due to a no-show; private sector workers may be suspended immediately. The measures are valid as long as Italy is in a state of emergency (so far it is valid until 31 December this year).
In Italy, 75 percent of those over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated.
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