The state of emergency in Italy ended on 31 March and was replaced by the easing of Covid rules with the entry into force of Decree-Law 24/2022, effective from 25 March. Among them, the beginning of farewell to the health resort and the mask. New measures to return to normal life in eight questions and answers.
April 1 marks not a return to freedom as the end of the pandemic approaches, but the starting point for a major easing of COVID-19 restrictions that will be accelerated after May 1. Let’s start with what will change in the daily life of Italians from April 1, 2022?
Which places in Italy no longer require a medical passport?
From April 1, entry into the shops, shopping malls, museums, government offices, banks or even a post office and a hairdresser will no longer be dependent on the presentation of a basic medical pass (issued after a test, vaccination or recovery). However, it will be sufficient to continue wearing the surgical mask.
A medical passport is no longer required to stay inhotel or in bed and breakfasts.
Where is a medical card still required?
Until April 30, an enhanced medical pass (issued after a full vaccination or convalescence schedule) will remain required for access indoor activitiesindoor pools, gyms, cinemas and discos.
A basic medical pass will also be required until April 30 to access outdoor sports, travel by plane and train, or even visit a closed restaurant. However, foreign tourists will be exempted from presenting a medical pass to visit a restaurant or bar, both indoors and outdoors.
Is wearing a mask still mandatory in Italy?
If wearing a mask is no longer mandatory outside, it remains mandatory in indoor areas until 30 April. At school, the wearing of a mask is extended until the end of the school year, at the beginning of June for Italian schools. At work, a surgical mask is sufficient.
When is an FFP2 mask still required?
In Italian public transport, on closed ski lifts, in cinemas, in the theater and during sports competitions, the Ffp2 mask is still mandatory.
What are the new rules for visiting bars and restaurants in Italy?
That Foreign tourists You no longer need to present a medical pass.
Italians and residents of the peninsula also no longer need to show their pass for consumption at the terrace table, but the basic medical pass remains mandatory for indoor consumption until April 30.
What to do in case of contact with Covid-positive? Is quarantine necessary in Italy?
From April 1, the rules regarding quarantine apply equally to everyone, without distinction between vaccinated and unvaccinated. Obviously, quarantine is no longer required, self-monitoring is enough, and a test is only necessary if symptoms appear. However, a Covid-positive person must remain in isolation for 7 to 10 days, depending on whether they are vaccinated or not.
What happens at school in case of positive Covid in the classroom?
The differences between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated disappear. Also, if a student tests positive for Covid, they will be the only one who will have to be away from school while they recover. Other students do not need to be tested for Covid unless they are symptomatic. Actions continue as usual until four positive cases are declared in the class.
Wearing a surgical mask must also be approved before the end of the school year.
Covid and work: what will change for those over 50 who have not yet been vaccinated?
The obligatory scheduling of vaccinations for persons over 50 years of age is valid until 15 June. Until that date, offenders still face a €100 fine. However, at work, unvaccinated people over 50 will still be able to go to the office with a basic medical pass (one test is enough).
For those under 50, a basic medical passport is still required.
Date to highlight on the calendar: On May 1, Italy will no longer require an enhanced basic medical passport.