Alessandro Serrano’Alessandro Serrano ‘/ AGF
There is a country that must protect itself from the advance of Omicron, on the day when new infections reach 100 thousand, and there is a country that risks getting hurt if it closes too much because two and a half million people are quarantined for a contact with the positives at Covid are two and a half million people who do not leave their homes, do not work and do not spend, in short, a big problem for the economy. Faced with this double requirement and in the awareness that the variant prompts prudence, but not red alert, the Government calibrates the new decree against the pandemic on a tightening and an easing. The new turn of the key: mandatory super green pass on all means of transport, including buses and metro. But it will also be necessary to be vaccinated (or cured) to dine in an outdoor restaurant, sleep in a hotel, go to the swimming pool, ski, attend a wedding reception. The less stringent rules: no quarantine for those who have been vaccinated with the third dose or for less than four months.
The decisions are made in a meeting of the Council of Ministers which closes at half past nine in the evening, at the end of a very long day, where the Technical-Scientific Committee tries to act as a guiding star for the different requests coming from the Regions and parties of majority. Everyone agrees on the new rules for isolation because everyone looks to the need to thin the lines in front of pharmacies to swab, but also to stop the first cracks that have opened in the real economy. These are the one hundred trips a day suppressed by Trenord, the Covid layoffs that expire in two days, the estimates that speak of two billion less consumption, of which 932 million referable to families, the damage to tourism and catering with the rooms of hotel canceled for canceled holidays and New Year’s Eve dinners. But it is on the grip that the rift within the government is consumed. In the control room that precedes the Cdm it is the Forza Italia-Pd axis, together with the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza, to push to extend the obligation of the reinforced green pass to all workers, effectively introducing the vaccination obligation to work . The League, with Giancarlo Giorgetti, says no, motivating it with the need to accompany the obligation to an assumption of responsibility by the State. Translated: via the release that the citizen signs before getting vaccinated, a list of the cases to be exempted, especially money for any compensation. The leaguers are joined by the 5 stars, albeit with different reasons. It is Stefano Patuanelli who says that until now we have reasoned by categories, such as doctors and teachers, and that therefore it is not good to distinguish between workers and the unemployed.
When the meeting ends, Palazzo Chigi anticipates a mediation, speaking of an extension of the super green pass to some activities such as transport and facilities. And it is Mario Draghi, during the CDM, who asks the parties to give an important signal, necessary to push vaccinations, because linking the obligation to a long list of areas and services means this. In a short time because the new rules will start from 10 January. Ten days to get the no vaxes to change their minds. When the ministers of Forza Italia and the Democratic Party, supported by Elena Bonetti for Italia Viva, understand that there is no political space for the super pass in the workplace, the debate shifts to the obligation to vaccinate. But the majority split again. It will be the meeting of the Council of Ministers, already alerted for the first days of January, to determine the extent of a new package of measures that is taken for granted.
The super green pass will be used almost everywhere: trains, planes, buses and metro. But also hotels, outdoor restaurants, fairs, swimming pools and cultural centers
From 10 January and until the end of the state of emergency (currently set on 31 March) the reinforced green pass will be mandatory for hotels and accommodation facilities, but also for weddings and baptisms, even for festivals and fairs, ski lifts, congress centers, swimming pools, wellness centers also outdoors, those where team sports are practiced. Cultural, social and recreational centers for outdoor activities are also on the list. To access all these places or participate in these activities, the basic green pass will no longer be enough, which can also be obtained with a quick swab. It will be necessary to show the reinforced green certificate, which is only available if you have been vaccinated or if you have recovered from Covid.
If these areas represent occasional activities, the extension of the super green pass has an important impact on means of transport. Not only on national trains, airplanes and ships, but above all on local and regional public transport: buses, metro, trams and local convoys. Here too, the basic green pass will no longer be enough to get on board. The strongest signal to no vax is this.
The decree also includes a measure to reduce capacities: a maximum of 50% for outdoor facilities such as stadiums, no more than 35% for indoor ones such as sports halls.
How the quarantine changes (for the vaccinated)
Anyone who has had close contact with a person tested positive will no longer have to quarantine if they have had the third dose of vaccine and if they have completed the primary vaccination course (second dose) less than four months ago. However, he will have to wear the FFP2 mask until the tenth day following the last exposure to the case and, if symptomatic, he will have to carry out a rapid or molecular swab on the fifth day.
The termination of this self-surveillance or quarantine will trigger the negative result of a test (rapid or molecular) also carried out in private centers. In the latter case, the procedure is considered completed with the transmission to the ASL of the report showing the negative result. The rules for no vaxes do not change: quarantine following a contact with a positive case will always last ten days (at the end you need a negative swab) or 14 days without the need for the test.
Down the prices of FPP2 masks
They are hard to find and have cost 3 euros each. The Council of Ministers unanimously decided to calm the price of FFP2 masks. It will be the commissioner structure, led by General Francesco Paolo Figliuolo, to take on the commitment that should translate into special agreements with pharmacies.
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