After almost two years, nightclubs will be allowed to reopen throughout Italy according to the Technical-Scientific Committee (CTS).
The phased reopening date has yet to be confirmed by the Italian government, although Milan mayor Beppe Sala said last week that it was now time to “reopen discos and clubs with all the rules. relevant and the Green Pass ”.
The “Green Pass” will serve as a club entry certificate, much like the UK equivalent of the COVID pass.
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Green Passes will become mandatory for workers in Italy from mid-October, which means everyone must have one or more of the usual trio: a negative test, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery. If you cannot provide a Green Pass, you could be suspended from your job and salary.
Now, Green Passes will also be mandatory for entry to nightclubs and bars – as well as masks inside, although these can be removed while dancing.
A reopening date has not yet been set but could be seen in the coming weeks. According to the CTS, clubs will only be allowed to open at 35% of their capacity indoors and 50% of their capacity outdoors.
The CTS also warned that nightclubs may “present the highest risk of spreading the virus,” and urged attendees to remain vigilant as nightlife returns.
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Meanwhile, the president of the Italian Union of Dance Clubs (SILB), Maurizio Pasca, also argued that “the conditions are not favorable, as they will affect costs” while pushing the government to review capacity limits .
The CTS hopes that these limits will be raised to 100% outdoors with 80% indoors in areas with lowercase letters, referred to as “white areas”.
Gemma Ross is Mixmag’s digital intern, follow her on Twitter