Italy set to reopen nightclubs in early July with Covid ‘green pass’

As Italy continues to ease its Covid-19 restrictions, the government on Tuesday revisited plans to press play on nightlife this summer.

Italy set to reopen nightclubs in early July with Covid 'green pass'
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Nightclubs are the last venues to reopen under Italy’s roadmap for easing restrictions, but business owners have not been given a firm date so far.

In an interview with Italian broadcaster RTL 102.5 on Tuesday, Deputy Health Minister Andrea Costa shed some light on the matter, estimating that nightlife will be able to reopen “within the first ten days of July”.

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“This week, we will indicate a date when discos will be able to return to their activities, because this sector is still the only one without a plan and I believe it is the duty of politics to give an answer to this too,” he said.

Echoing previous statements from ministers, Costa said the ‘green pass‘ health certificate “can also be applied to discos”.

As well as allowing travel within the EU, Italy’s health certificate or certificazione verde is a requirement for those wishing to attend weddings and larger events such as fairs or concerts.

The Italian government made the details of the digital pass available online last week when its official certificazione verde website went live at

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Although it seems likely, it’s not yet confirmed whether the ‘green pass’ will be required to enter nightclubs.

Industry experts have indicated that nightlife should restart within two weeks at most.

“We expect to be able to reopen on July 4th, because to go beyond that would be unsustainable. We expect common sense,” Maurizio Pasca, president the trade association of clubs with dance halls (SILB, sindacato italiano dei locali da ballo) told news agency Ansa.

“The government should not make us miss the first weekend in July, because our businesses are open at most twice a week,” he added.

“For the country, that date would not change anything, but for us it would. Also because people are already going dancing in dozens of places that, among other things, are open without a green pass. So let us reopen on July 4th and the Interior Ministry will keep a watchful eye on (rule) violations” stated Pasca.

As for the question of wearing masks, Italy is set to drop its mask-wearing rule for the outdoors from Monday in all regions classified as the lowest-risk ‘white zones’.

But what about indoor nightclubs?

So far, there hasn’t been confirmation on what the rules will be and opinions are divided on whether masks will be required at these venues or not.

Tourism Minister Massimo Garavaglia has looked to the microstate of San Marino as an example of the safe reopening of nightclubs.

The independent state returned to nightlife with a music festival, only allowing people to enter if they were vaccinated, showed a negative test result. or could prove they had recovered from Covid-19.

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Garavaglia stated it’s “a courageous choice but one that shows how it is possible to organise public events in complete safety,” reported Italian newspaper Quotidiano Nazionale.

“The success with the public also demonstrates the desire for a new start, characterising the beginning of the tourist season. A restart that the operators are making happen with their determination to end the dark chapter of the pandemic,” he added.

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Former Italian PM faces investigation over Covid response

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte is set to undergo a judicial inquiry over claims his government's response to the Covid-19 outbreak in early 2020 was too slow.

Former Italian PM faces investigation over Covid response

Prosecutors in Bergamo, the northern city that was one of the epicentres of the coronavirus outbreak in Europe, targeted Conte after wrapping up their three-year inquiry, according to media reports.

Conte, now president of the populist Five Star movement, was prime minister from 2018 to 2021 and oversaw the initial measures taken to halt the spread of what would become a global pandemic.

Investigating magistrates suspect that Conte and his government underestimated the contagiousness of Covid-19 even though available data showed that cases were spreading rapidly in Bergamo and the surrounding region.

They note that in early March 2020 the government did not create a “red zone” in two areas hit hardest by the outbreak, Nembro and Alzano Lombardo, even though security forces were ready to isolate the zone from the rest of the country.

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Red zones had already been decreed in late February for around a dozen other nearby municipalities including Codogno, the town where the initial Covid case was reportedly found.

Conte’s health minister Roberto Speranza as well as the president of the Lombardy region, Attilio Fontana, are also under investigation, the reports said.

Bergamo prosecutors allege that according to scientific experts, earlier quarantines could have saved thousands of lives.

Conte, quoted by Il Corriere della Sera and other media outlets, said he was “unworried” by the inquiry, saying his government had acted “with the utmost commitment and responsibility during one of the most difficult moments of our republic.”

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Similar cases have been lodged against officials elsewhere, alleging that authorities failed to act quickly enough against a virus that has killed an estimated 6.8 million people worldwide since early 2020.

In January, France’s top court threw out a case against former health minister Agnes Buzyn, a trained doctor, over her allegedly “endangering the lives of others” by initially playing down the severity of Covid-19.