The Italian government on Monday barred unvaccinated people from a host of everyday activities, including bars, restaurants, and public transportation.
The new rules would require those who want to enter venues or use public transportation to show their “Super Green Pass” to prove they have received complete vaccination against the virus, except for those who have recently recovered from COVID-19.
Italian authorities also required wearing medical-grade FFP2 masks — the European equivalent of N95 or KN95s — when going to theaters, cinemas, sports stadiums, and on all public transport.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mario Draghi has criticized the unvaccinated as Italy struggles to contain a major spread of the Omicron variant.
“We must never lose sight of the fact that most of the problems we have today are because there are non-vaccinated people,” Draghi said.
“For the umpteenth time, I invite all those Italians who are not yet vaccinated to do so and to get the third shot,” Draghi added.
Italy has recorded 101,762 new cases and 227 additional deaths over the past 24 hours.
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