Most Mask & Vaccine Requirements Lifted in Italy Starting June 16

The obligation to wear masks in many venues will end starting June 16, 2022. Pictured is the Porcellino statue during the first lockdown. The work is located in Florence’s Piazza del Mercato Nuovo. Photo by Marco Pardini.

As Italians adjust to post-pandemic normalcy, the Council of Ministers lifted additional COVID-19 mask and vaccination requirements on June 15.

Masks are no longer required in almost all indoor spaces, now including sports arenas, movie theaters and theaters, and during state exams. The COVID-19 vaccine is no longer mandatory for those over 50, teachers, non-teaching staff in school districts in addition to the police and the military to report to work.

All European Union countries, excluding France, have abolished the Green Pass entry requirement.

Wearing of masks is waived in the following places: gyms, bars, restaurants, shops, hairdressers and offices, with the exception of private workplaces where social distancing is not possible. Masks are recommended for public employees.

Despite the shifts in policies, some restrictions will continue as health officials monitor the Omicron BA.5 variant’s arrival in Italy. 

The mask requirement on public transportation is expected to remain in place until September 30.

The COVID-19 vaccine will still be required for health care workers, doctors and nursing homes staff until December 31. The Green Pass is also currently necessary to hospital patients and their visitors.

Tuscany’s COVID-19 daily average is currently around 1000 cases, according to the Department of Civil Protection.  (natasha sokoloff)