All employees in Italy must have Green Pass to go to work

In order to curb the spread of the Coronavirus, Italy will make it obligatory for every employee to present the Green Pass with fines of up to €1,500 for those who break the law.

The Green Pass is only given to those who are vaccinated against Covid-19, and if a person is not vaccinated they need to show negative tests taken from 48 – 82 hours before, according to the type of test. Those who have tested positive for Covid before also need to present proof that they have tested negative for the virus.

If an employee does not adhere to this, he will be suspended from work and after five days the employer has the right to stop his pay. This measure also applies to those who are self-employed, who will not be able to offer their services without a Green Pass.

The Green Pass will continue to be required to use the train, to go to the cinema, to enter food establishments, gyms and pools.

This measure, which is one of the strictest in the world to date, will come into effect on 15 October so that employees who have not yet been vaccinated, will have time to do so.

The Italian Government is hoping that with this measure, by mid-October it will have 80% of the population vaccinated against Covid, in a country which has registered around 4.6 million cases, and more than 130,000 deaths.