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Fighting Corona re-intensifies

Sitting outside is no problem. However, if you want to enjoy your meal indoors in Italy, you need a "green passport" since August 6.
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Sitting outside is no problem. However, if you want to enjoy your meal indoors in Italy, you need a "green passport" since August 6.

Since August 6, Italy has been using a new tool fighting the spread of the Corona virus: only those with a so-called "green passport" may enter restaurants. All others must stay outside. This regulation applies to most leisure activities and, from September, also to universities. Similar measures in France caused intense resistance.

The stricter Corona rules in force in Italy since Friday are summarised under the catchword "green passport". Anyone who wants to sit inside in a restaurant, visit a museum or go to the swimming pool must prove they have been vaccinated at least once or present a negative Corona test no more than two days old. The same rule applies to students and lecturers when classes start again in September.

Under-twelve-year-olds are exempt from the rules. Restaurant and recreation operators must check proof. Whoever gets caught failing to do so may be fined. Holidaymakers who have been vaccinated in Germany will need a digital EU vaccination certificate from doctors, pharmacies or vaccination centres. These proofs – vaccinated, recovered, tested – must be issued in Italian, French, English or Spanish. Hotels and public transport are exempt from the tightened regulations, so far.

The 7-day incidence in Italy as of August 6 is 66.6 with 7,224 new infections that day. Over 54 percent of the population have been fully vaccinated.

"Suitable" rules in France

French governments' plans for mandatory health passports for restaurant visits have led to massive public protests and met strong political headwind. The opposition had called in the Constitutional Council to block the regulations, yet failed. The Council considers the planned health passport to be a suitable compromise between civil liberty and the protection of the health of the individual. Documented in the "passport" would be an overcome Corona disease, a vaccination or a negative Corona test. As of Monday, August 9, anyone in France wishing to enter a restaurant or café, travel by train, bus or plane, or visit shopping malls or fairs will have to present the health passport.

In France, the 7-day incidence score on August 6 is 232.2, with 26,949 new COVID-19 cases reported for that day. 49 percent of the population have been fully vaccinated.

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