ITALY – Prime Minister Mario Draghi confirmed on Thursday evening that his cabinet had signed off on the so-called decreto riapertura, or ‘reopening decree’, containing the timeline for easing the nation’s Covid restrictions.
Under the decree, Italy’s health measures will be gradually eased between the start of April and mid-June, after the nationwide state of emergency ends on March 31st – two years and two months after it was first announced.
The green pass requirement is expected to end on May 1st, while Italy’s indoor mask mandate will end on April 30th, according to a draft text of the decree circulated on Thursday.
However, while Draghi confirmed at a press conference on Thursday evening that the decree had been approved, he did not go into details about what it contained.
The government approved “important measures that eliminate almost all the restrictions that have limited our behaviour,” Draghi said.
‘The government’s goal is to return to normality, the recovery of sociality, to reopen the economy and limit distance learning,” he continued. “This is now a state we have reached.”
However, no further details were given about the contents of the new decree at the press conference, and the final text is yet to be published.
According to the draft, the requirement to show a ‘super’ or reinforced green pass in order to access public transport is expected to be lifted as soon as April 1st, when capacity restrictions are also set to be lifted at venues such as sports stadiums and nightclubs.
This easily translates to 100% capacity for Pala Olimpico, the venue for Eurovision 2022, although details for tickets and audience capacity are yet to be confirmed although the platform for the ticket sales has been decided.
As usual, the EBU has not yet mentioned anything about tickets and fan-attending-interest issues, although they had time to “delete” fans from the press centre this year…