The Italian government announced it will require a Covid green pass for workers in all public and private workplaces—including for freelance professionals, domestic workers and home carers—starting on October 15, 2021. This will make Italy the first European country to prevent workers from entering their workplace if they do not meet the green pass requirements.

With this new mandate, the Italian government has approved some of the strictest anti-Covid measures in the world. By making a green pass mandatory for workers, Italy has effectively extended the green pass requirement to nearly everyone in the country except for retirees, homemakers and the unemployed. That means almost every adult in Italy will have to show proof of vaccination, a negative test or recovery from the infection within the last 180 days to enter their workplace.

The current legislation is in effect through December 31, 2021, the date that the current state of emergency expires. Mandates are different when it comes to an Italy green pass for children and teens.

Penalties are high for those who don’t comply with the green pass for workers mandate. Fines on individuals in non-compliance range from 600 to 1,500 euros, while fines on employers who don’t verify that their workers are complying with the requirement range from 400 to 1,000 euros.

Employees who don’t meet the green pass requirements will not be allowed to enter their workplace and their absence will not be counted as a justified reason for missing work. In addition, unvaccinated workers must pay for their own Covid tests, as employers are not required to pay for this service. After five days of being absent from work in government workplaces and just one day in private workplaces, the law states that the working relationship will be suspended and no pay or other compensation is due.

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