Italy announced new COVID restrictions on Wednesday – barring unvaccinated people from eating indoors, attending shows, sporting events, public gatherings and entering nightclubs starting in December Gaya. New York Times report,
why it matters: It follows a trend by public officials around the world to ban unvaccinated people as nations struggle to get shot at weapons, writes Nerdshala Shawna Chen.
description: The restrictions will begin on December 6, and will remain in place until January 15 in areas of Italy where the number of cases and hospitalizations are rising, per the AP.
- People attending any such program must provide proof of vaccination to enter. Proof of vaccination will also be required to enter the hotel or use public transportation.
big picture: Italy has been very aggressive before with vaccine mandates.
- In October, it became the first country to require proof of vaccination or test negative for employees in both the public and private sectors.
What are they saying: “We have started returning to normalcy. We want to preserve this normality,” Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Wednesday.
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