Only attendees with a Green Pass—which shows double vaccination, a recent negative test or proof of recovery—will be permitted entry.
Nightclubs in Italy are allowed to reopen for the first time in more than a year.
Last week, on October 7th, the government agreed to ease restrictions in the regions categorised as "white areas." Italy has been divided into four zones according to risk of Covid-19: red, orange, yellow and white. At the time of writing, all regions are in the white zone.
As of yesterday, October 11th, nightclubs can open at a capacity of 50 percent indoors and 75 percent outdoors. Attendees will need a Green Pass—a Covid-19 passport that proves double vaccination, a recent negative test or proof of recovery—to gain entry. Masks are mandatory at the bar but not on the dance floor. All venues must have a ventilation system that regularly introduces fresh air.
According to a report on Wanted In Rome, there will be tougher penalties imposed upon venues that violate the restrictions, and venue staff aren't included in the capacity limits.
The news from the government was announced soon after Italy's Comitato Tecnico Scientifico (CTS) advised that nightclubs should reopen at a capacity of 35 percent indoors and 50 percent outdoors. According to Wanted In Rome, the newly announced restrictions show the government meeting in the middle between the advice of CTS and nightclub owners who have been lobbying for the reopening.
In addition to nightclubs, cinemas and theatres can open at maximum capacity, while stadiums and sports facilities can operate at 75 percent outdoors and 60 percent indoors. On October 15th, Green Passes will become mandatory for all workers in Italy. Failure to comply could result in the employee being suspended without pay.
After enduring one of the most severe lockdowns in the world, Italy reopened clubs in July 2020. A spike in cases then forced venues to close again in mid-August.
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