Covid, a new decree for Christmas Holidays

In response of a raising wave of infections which have soared in the past days, the Council of Ministers has eventually decided to adopt new restrictions in order to limit the pandemic in a more efficient way and guarantee the safe carrying out of economic and social activities.

The pandemic was just one of the different topics discussed during yesterday’s meeting at Palazzo Chigi, but it surely was the most awaited as it will rule the festive season.
From February 1st, the duration of the Green Pass will be reduced from 9 to 6 months and the minimum period for the third booster dose will be reduced from 5 to 4 months after the completion of the initial vaccination cycle.

Masks must be worn in all public spaces including outdoors and in white zones. In the note, it is possible to read that FFP2 masks must be used for shows outdoors and indoors, in theaters, concert halls, cinemas, entertainment and live music places (and other similar places) and for sporting events and competitions. It is also forbidden the indoor consumption of food and drinks.

The super green pass will be mandatory for bars and restaurants, including bar service until the termination of the emergency state.
The decree bans events, parties and concerts which entail outdoor gatherings until January 31st. Dance halls, clubs and similar places will be shut down.

Instead, residential care homes will be accessible only for super Green Pass and negative tests holders or, alternatively, with a third booster dose. In addition, the Green Pass will be mandatory also for live private training courses, and the super Green Pass for swimming pools, gyms, indoor team sports, exhibitions, museums, wellness centers, thermal centers (except for essential levels of care and rehabilitation and therapy activities), theme and entertainment parks, cultural centers, social and leisure centers (except for children educational centers), game rooms, betting rooms, bingo halls and casinos.

The Health Minister Roberto Speranza commented: “The government is increasing the attention level and the measures which have been indicated in the decree move in this direction. The recommendation is always the utmost caution and respect of hygiene rules put in place in these months”.

Also the coordinator of the scientific and technical committee, Franco Locatelli, reiterated the importance of vaccinations: “According to some studies, Omicron variation has a contagiousness time five times higher than Delta variation. Data referred to the booster dose clearly show that this variation increases the vaccine efficacy by 90% in regard to serious illness and by 75% in regard to the infection risk. If today we are able to limit the number of victims and intensive care hospitalizations, two times less than last year, it is thanks to vaccinations”.

According to the president of the National Institute of Health, Silvio Brusaferro, “there is an ongoing worldwide effort to better understand the features of the Omicron variation and continuous contacts between the international institutions” since with these growth rates this new variation will get predominant during the next weeks.