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NAPELS, Italy – Italy on Thursday promised a return to normalcy over the next many weeks, approving a plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions that include an end to vaccination requirements for access to restaurants, businesses and other public places.
From May 1, there will no longer be a need for green passports or the like for people to participate in a variety of activities or visit public places and businesses such as restaurants, cinemas and gyms, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported on Thursday.
A requirement for masks to be worn indoors and in public transport also ends May 1, according to the newspaper.
It was unclear on Friday how US military installations in Italy will react to the changes. During the pandemic, it has taken commands a few days to study Italian decrees and later inform their communities about changes and the impact of the revisions on the basic rules.
Typically, Naval Support Activity Naples and other bases have followed Italian rules except when US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or Department of Defense guidelines are stricter.
From April 1, members of American military communities and Italians will see an end to some COVID-19 restrictions affecting their ability to work, use public transportation and visit shops and service providers.
For example, passengers will no longer need a green passport to take buses, taxis, subways or other local transportation, but they will still need to wear an FFP-2 or similar mask, such as an N95.
Travelers on planes, trains or ships must still have a green passport and wear a mask, but both requirements end on May 1st.
Green passport confirms that the carrier has been vaccinated against COVID-19, recovered from it or tested negative for the disease. The US CDC vaccination card is generally accepted instead.
A green passport will also not be required for visits to outdoor restaurants, cafes or bars, Corriere della Sera reported. Customers must show a green passport to eat or drink indoors until May 1st.
A more than two-year state of emergency that gives the Italian government broad powers to respond to the pandemic ends March 31, the government said Thursday on its website.
On Thursday, 128 deaths from COVID-19 and 79,895 new infections were reported by the Italian Ministry of Health.
These figures have dropped significantly since January, when the omicron variant rose sharply. The ministry reported an increase in infections this week compared to the previous week, but said it does not appear to be putting pressure on hospitals, the Italian news service Ansa reported on Friday.