Italy adds new COVID-19 measures including further restrictions to ski regions from today

Jan 10, 2022

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The ski season drifted closer to the cliff edge today as Italy further tightens its COVID-19 restrictions for this winter.

With British snow seekers more eager than ever to return to the slopes after two winters’-worth of disruption, Italian authorities extended the “super green pass” requirement across more venues and regions for anyone over the age of 12.

The pass — which can only be obtained with certified vaccination or recovery and not merely a negative test — is now a cast-iron requirement for anyone wishing to access a range of additional venues. Affected areas include bars, ski lifts, resorts, restaurants, spas, thermal baths and festivals.

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In a further kick in the salopettes for skiers and snowboarders, it comes three days after Austria also tightened rules, demanding that FFP2 masks are to be worn in all outdoor settings — including on the slopes where two-metre social distancing cannot be observed.

Italy is currently seeing a seven-day COVID-19 case rate of 1,833 cases per 100,000, slightly higher than the U.K.’s 1,814 cases. In France, that number is 2,853 and 1,740 in Switzerland. In Austria, there are 598 cases per 100,000.

The new rules are a particular blow for families with teenage children hoping to get away and shred some powder.

In the U.K., while the over-12’s are now eligible for a second vaccine shot, about 50 per cent of 12 to 15-year-olds have not even received their first dose, statistics show. Meanwhile, just one in two 16 to 17-year-olds have had a second jab.

Here are all the venues now requiring a “super green pass”:

  • All restaurants and bars, for both indoor and outdoor dining, including in hotels.
  • All public transport, including local buses.
  • School buses serving children aged 12 and up.
  • Hotels.
  • Ski lifts.
  • All indoor and outdoor swimming pools, wellness centres, gyms and team sports facilities, including changing rooms.
  • All indoor and outdoor spas and thermal baths except for “essential rehabilitation or therapeutic treatments”.
  • Museums, exhibitions and cultural venues, including libraries.
  • Celebrations relating to religious or civil ceremonies.
  • Fairs, festivals, conventions and conferences.
  • Theme parks.
  • Indoor and outdoor cultural, social and recreational centres (excluding educational centres for children).
  • Games rooms, betting rooms, bingo halls and casinos.

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