The Italian government has approved a decree making it mandatory for all public and private sector workers to show proof of vaccination, a negative test result, or a recent recovery from COVID-19.
The decree makes Italy the first country in Europe to introduce this type of mandate. Since early August, the government has required a green pass to enter museums, galleries, sports and entertainment venues, and indoor dining.
Green passes were made compulsory for domestic travel on planes and trains and sea travel from earlier this month.
Italy is eager to avoid another wave of COVID-19, and failure to comply with the measures will incur a suspension from work and heavy fines for workers and employers. The decree, which was announced on Thursday, will come into effect on October 5.