In Italy from today it will be mandatory to show the coronavirus health certificate for eat inside a restaurant, go to the cinema, a museum or practice sports indoors, a controversial measure that takes effect one day after the government decided to extend it also to teachers and means of transport long distance, but that many have accepted without problems.

Since September force to to have a health certificate for teachers of all educational courses and university students and teachers who do not appear in class because they do not have this requirement on three occasions will be suspended from salary.

The document will be mandatory too to travel by plane within Italy and to use the ships and boats that connect regions of the peninsula, except those that join the strait that separates Calabria, the tip of “the Italian boot”, with Messina, on the island of Sicily (south).

The certificate will also be requested in the long distance trains between cities, on sleeper trains and on buses that cross more than two regions, informed the Italian Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Enrico Giovannini.

Tourists with certificate in hand

With a mobile phone in hand and new app provided by the Government to read health certificates, tourists and visitors have been received since this morning in Italian museums and archaeological sites.

Thus, they can access: those over 12 years of age with at least a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, the certificate that they have already been infected or an antigen test carried out in the last 48 hours can access. In the case of not being able to demonstrate any of the above assumptions, se can request a refund of the ticket.

The same procedure must be carried out by restaurant managers to people who wish to eat inside, as well as in cinemas and other cultural spaces. The verification is carried out through a specially created application, ‘Verificationc19’, which reads the QR code and in the case of infractions, fines of between 400 and 1,000 euros will be charged both to the operator and the user and the closure of the business from 1 to 10 days if the infractions are found three times in three different days.

To facilitate antigen testing for the unvaccinated, the Government agreed that the following can be dones test in farmacia at 8 euros for minors from 12 to 18 years old and 15 euros for adults, compared to the current 22 euros.

Although most of the associations of restaurateurs and the leisure sector, those most affected by the pandemic, They have been against this obligation and it is expected that lawsuits against the law will begin to arrive.

For this reason, in some cafeterias and restaurants consumers are advised that it is necessary to have the certificate, but no one controls. For the moment, the government of the technocrat Mario Draghi, which supports most of the political forces, has decided not to apply the obligation to hotels to try to save the summer season.

“If the country can now avoid closures, if the majority of European countries, despite significant numbers of infections, such as Spain or France, we are not closing, it is simply because we have the vaccine “, alleged the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, when announcing the measures .

With more than 70 million doses supplied, in Italy 33.6 million people have already completed the vaccine regimen, that is, the 62.23% of the population over 12 years of age, according to updated figures from the Executive.


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