The Italian government has approved a plan to make its Covid ‘Green Pass’ certificate mandatory for all workers. The plan, which will suspend pay for those without the pass, will be implemented next month.
New Regulations for all Employees
The plan, approved by the country’s government on Thursday, will be launched on October 15. The Italian Senate overwhelmingly supported the measure, with 189 votes in favor, only 32 against and two abstentions. The plan will remain in force until at least the end of this year.
Under the new rules, all public and private sector workers in Italy will be required to obtain a Covid-19 ‘Green Pass’ certificate. Those who fail to present the certificate when requested can be suspended from their jobs after a five-day grace period, although they cannot be fired.
Employees without a valid health certificate who still dare to report to work may be subject to fines ranging from €600 to €1,500 (between $705 and $1,175). Further details of the plan are expected to be officially announced shortly.
In August, Italy had made the pass a requirement for visiting public places, such as restaurants and bars, and then made it mandatory for teachers and other public sector workers earlier this month. Now, it has become the first European country to make the certificate mandatory for its entire workforce.
The increasingly strict ‘Green Pass’ rules have sparked multiple protests across Italy.