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Italy to scrap coronavirus certificate requirements

Italians will no longer be required to show proof of coronavirus vaccination, testing or recovery to enter public spaces starting from May 1, Health Minister Roberto Speranza announced on Thursday.

Already starting from April 1, the requirement will be lifted for outdoor venues. The color-coded risk system for the country’s regions, which ties restrictions to the epidemeological situation, will also be abolished, as will the requirement that workers aged 50 and over be vaccinated in order to go to work. Speranza also said that, starting on April 30, masks will no longer be required required indoors.

Meanwhile, the state of emergency that has been in place since the start of the pandemic is set to end on March 31. The country’s advisory technical-scientific committee on COVID-19 will then be scrapped. Speranza said that in its place the health ministry will create an operational unit for the coronavirus.

The decisions taken by the government “eliminate almost all the measures which have restricted our lives in the past months,” Prime Minister Mario Draghi told a press conference.

The changes come even as COVID-19 case numbers once more start rising. ICU occupancy and deaths, however, remain low.

A number of countries, including France, Belgium and Greece have lifted COVID-19 restrictions recently. Germany is expected to soon announce an end to a number of its public health measures.

Even as Draghi announced the lifting of the restrictions, the prime minister celebrated Green Pass system, which he called a “big success” and credited it with helping avoid economically ruinous lockdowns.

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