Italy on Sept. 16 made its COVID-19 “green pass” mandatory for all workers in both public and private sectors in an attempt to boost vaccination rates and to curb the virus from spreading.
The Italian government approved a new law to require all workers to provide a health certificate that shows they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, tested negative in the last 48 hours, or recently recovered from the virus.
The measure will come into force on Oct. 15.
“We’re extending the ‘green pass’ obligation to the entire world of work, both public and private,” Health Minister Robert Speranza said at a press conference.
“And we’re doing it for two basic reasons: to make these places safer and make our vaccination campaign stronger,” Speranza further said.
Under the new law, any worker who fails to provide a valid health certificate will reportedly face a five-day suspension with no pay and a fine between €600 ($706) to €1,500 ($1,765).
The health certificate is already required to enter train stations, buses, domestic flights, restaurants, cinemas, and gyms.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, 64.85% of the Italian population are fully vaccinated.
Data from the Italian government shows that the country recorded 4,830 new cases on Sept. 16, bringing the total to 4,618,040.
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