Queues for coronavirus tests, an increase in vaccinations, a race for the COVID-19 pass at the last minute – this is how the Italian press describes the hours leading up to the entry into force of the new regulations. From Friday, everyone who works in Italy is required to be in possession of a covid certificate, or a so-called sanitary passport.
From Friday only those who receive the so-called Green Pass, issued on the basis of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or a test of the past 48 hours. Mario Draghi’s government decision on this was announced a month ago. These are the strictest anti-pandemic laws in Europe.
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Covid certificate mandatory in the workplace in Italy
An employee who enters a workplace without a pass can be fined from 600 to 1500 euros. Employers can be fined between 400 and 1000 euros for the lack of control.
Newspaper commentators wonder whether the entry into force of this requirement will turn out to be “Black Friday”, ie chaos in communications and in many services, and difficulties in production.
Risk of paralysis
The newspapers unanimously emphasize that the first day can even lead to paralysis, not only because of the inauguration of the pass check, but also because of the announced strikes, demonstrations and roadblocks by their opponents.
The symbol of the protests – as “La Repubblica” points out – is the port in Trieste. The crew threatens to blockade and urge the government to delay enforcement by two weeks. Protests will also be held in the ports of Palermo, Civitavecchia and Genoa.
The government that decided on this “revolution” – as the Roman newspaper called the new regulations – has no intention of introducing a reduced rate.
In a country where two doses of the vaccine were taken by more than 80 percent. For people over 12 years old, a new target has been set: to vaccinate 90 percent. population.
Coronavirus in Italy – new restrictions
“Corriere della Sera” warns Italians to consider the difficulties in their daily activities; from commuting, traveling on the highway to shopping at the store.
According to the newspaper, this is also because about 3.8 million working people have not been vaccinated. These people will need to test themselves regularly. That is why an attack on pharmacies is expected, where rapid tests are carried out for 15 euros.
Problems with public transport and a reduction in the number of bus rides are expected.
About 1,000 drivers were not vaccinated in Rome.
There are 18,000 unvaccinated people in all of Italy. police officers. It is also of concern that there may not be enough officers to patrol the streets and ensure safety and public order in these hot days of protests and rallies.
There are currently no 400 city guards in the Eternal City of the covid pass.
Another sector at risk of paralysis is road transport, should a large group of unvaccinated truck drivers join the announced protests. This can make it difficult to deliver food to shops and eateries, notes Corriere della Sera.
Italy – covid passports in workplaces
The work of the restaurant industry can also slow down. Only in the sanitary pass of Naples there are not two hundred waiters.
The Coldiretti Farmers’ Union is alarming that work in the sector cannot be stopped. Meanwhile, the organization estimates that at least 100,000 have not been vaccinated. farm workers currently working in the fields to harvest vines, olives and apples.
– We cannot allow our crops to be lost – stressed the president of the agricultural association Ettore Prandini.
La Stampa points out that the government has not given in to pressure from calls for free testing for unvaccinated workers.
According to Prime Minister Draghi, it is noted that free trials would jeopardize the effectiveness of the immunization requests. The government does not want to bear the costs of those who do not want to be vaccinated, the press underlines.
– The beginning will be difficult, but the road is good. With everyone’s good will, the difficulties will be limited, said Andrea Orlando, Secretary of Labor and Social Policy.
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