Aug 5, 2021 - World

Italy to require COVID passports for indoor activities, long-distance travel

An airport in Olbia, Italy, on Aug. 4.

An airport in Olbia, Italy, on Aug. 4. Photo: Emanuele Perrone/Getty Images

The Italian government announced Thursday that proof of at least one dose of vaccine, a negative coronavirus test or recent recovery from COVID-19 will be required to access indoor dining, theaters, swimming pools, gyms, museums and other facilities starting Friday, according to AP.

Why it matters: Italy, which has been battered by the virus, has not yet mandated the vaccine for the general public, but the new requirements significantly tighten restrictions on unvaccinated people in the country.

  • The administration led by Mario Draghi also announced that a Green Pass — a digital or paper certificate — will also be required to board long-distance transportation between regions, according to Reuters.

By the numbers: Italy has vaccinated almost 60% of its population, though it, like many other countries, is experiencing an increase in cases and hospitalizations driven by the Delta variant of the virus.

The big picture: Conservative politicians have said that Draghi's vaccination campaign has gone too far by discriminating against people who are unvaccinated, damaging freedoms and breaking European Union rules.

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