Italy to Reopen Public and Entertainment Venues

Italy will reopen its nightclubs and allow full capacity in its theaters and cinemas.

The Italian government decided on Thursday that the opening of the entertainment sector will start on October 11, Monday.

Starting on Monday, theaters, and cinemas can run at full capacity, while stadiums and sports facilities can operate at 75 percent outside and 60 percent indoors.

However, it will only be applicable to the ‘white zones,’ or places with the fewest COVID-19 restrictions.

The new rules apply only to holders of the Green Pass, a digital or paper document that confirms persons have been vaccinated, tested negative, or recovered from COVID-19.

The decision comes days after the government’s technical, scientific committee (CTS) suggested that nightclubs reopen with a maximum capacity of 35 percent indoors and 50 percent outdoors.

Additionally, the CTS stated that masks should be necessary and may be removed only while dancing.

The ultimate decision on the limit capacity resulted from negotiations between the CTS and organizations representing nightclub operators who have long advocated for reopening.


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