Italy shields his Christmas at the increase of COVID cases and the threat of the omicron variant that extends through Europe. Since Monday, the Italians are divided into two categories: those who have the Covid passport - or 'Green Pass', and those who have the 'Super Green Pass', or reinforced passport. The difference? The seconds can 'do everything'; The first are limited to access public transport and go to their jobs, but their social life is restricted.
The reinforced health certificate that enters into force in the transalpine country is awarded only to people vaccinated with the complete guideline or who have exceeded the disease in the last six months. The normal 'Green Pass', which leads to Vigor in Italy since October, is mandatory for all workers and is granted to vaccinated, cured but also presenting a negative test. Therefore, the unvaccinated ones that until now could acquire the passport with a negative Covid test will not be able to upgrade from category unless they are vaccinated.
Bearers of 'Super Green Pass' can enjoy leisure during parties and access the interior of restaurants, bars, cinemas, theaters, sporting events and nightclubs. The unvaccinated, on the other hand, can only travel by public transport, go to their jobs, eat at hotel restaurants or attend ceremonies such as weddings or baptisms. Nothing of business dinners, nor if you want outdoors, or nocturnal outings. Only in the 'white areas', with a very low level of contagion, the unvaccinated ones will be allowed to consume on the bars of the bars and restaurants.
With a significant increase in the positive daily -15,000 in the last 24 hours-, the measure imposed by the Mario Draghi government will be valid until January 15. The objective is to keep all activities open, even if the data worsen, but avoiding that non-vaccinates go to places of risk, and indirectly press the undecided to take the step out to immunize. In addition, the regions that after January 15 present a level of contagion alert in 'yellow' or 'orange' (being the 'red' the most serious) will continue to apply this super passport. The controls, especially in public transport, will also increase during Christmas, under penalty of fine if the rule is breached.
Italy was a pioneer in the EU in the imposition of the passport Covid to the workers and to force vaccination to their health personnel. To this last rule are joined from December 15, other groups of professionals - administrative personnel of health and education, teachers, military, police and relief services - that will not be able to exercise if they are vaccinated.
The country is added with these measures reinforced to the pressure campaign of several community partners against non-vaccinates, which will becoming more complicated to lead a 'normal' life in society. This strategy, prior to the debate opened last week by Ursula von der Leyen on the compulsory vaccine in Europe, goes through restrictions, confines, fines and social isolation.
Last week, other Union partners like Germany announced strong measures against non-vaccinated. The government of the Foreign Chancellor, Angela Merkel, vetoed the entrance to all non-immunized shops and reduced their social contacts to two people at most.
Faced with the advance of the fourth wave in Europe, countries outside the EU are taking measures to protect their borders. In Switzerland, in addition to the imposition of the certificate to enter closed spaces, on Saturday, the obligation to make ten days of quarantine was suppressed for travelers from a "red list", EFE reported. However, the virus detection controls will be strengthened through test: both vaccinated and recovered must carry a negative PCR and undergo a second test (valid for antigens) between the fourth and seventh day since its arrival.Updated Date: 07 December 2021, 06:15