Several COVID-19 restrictions currently in force in the country will be eased as of 26 April, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced in a press conference on Friday.
In particular, in the regions classified at orange and yellow risk, in-person teaching in schools will restart, and bars and restaurants will be able to reopen for lunch and dinner, but only with outdoor service.
A so-called “COVID-pass” – based on the model that the EU wants to implement – to authorise travel between different regions for vaccinated people or those who present a negative test will also be discussed.
Draghi commented on the government’s decision, saying that because it is a “reasoned risk” based on “improving” contagion and vaccination data, “measures, such as the obligation of masks, must be observed.”
According to Italy’s Higher Institute of Health (ISS), however, the situation in the country is still causing concern. While 37% of intensive care facilities are occupied by COVID-19 patients, which is 7% more than the threshold for alarm, only about 27% have had their first COVID-19 vaccine dose. (Daniele Lettig | EURACTIV.it)