The Italian government has now extended the use of Green Pass health documents to travel on trains as well. Initially, the pass gave citizens the go-ahead to travel on planes, ferries and inter-regional coaches. Now trains have been added to that list as well.
Reuters reports that the Green Pass is a digital or paper certificate that shows whether someone has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, has tested negative or has recently recovered from the virus.
The idea behind the Green Pass was to limit entries to cultural and leisure venues in the country at the start of the summer holidays. Prime Minister Mario Draghi has since then widened the scope considerably.
With trains recently being added to the list, many protesters warned that they’ll be blocking railways and entries to stations. Although hundreds were expected, only a handful of protesters were reported.
After Britain, Italy is the country with the second-highest death toll in Europe. Almost 130,000 people have died of the COVID-19 virus in Italy.
While 70% of all Italians over the age of 12 have already been fully vaccinated, authorities have warned that the Delta variant could still pose a threat to the country.
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