In a unanimous decision, the Italian government will now allow sporting venues and nightclubs to expand their capacity.
The Scientific Technical Committee announcement applies to citizens with a Green Pass. This physical or digital document provides proof that the holder is either vaccinated, tested negative, or recovered from COVID-19. These new regulations are in effect in “white zones,” which are regions with the lowest amount of restrictions.
Clubs can operate at 50% capacity for indoor events and 75% capacity for outdoor shows. Attendees must wear masks at all times except when dancing. These capacity limits do not apply to nightclub staff, and indoor venues must employ ventilation systems that do not recirculate air.
This news comes as Italy continues reopening. Cultural activities are on the rise as movie theaters and music venues are now able to operate at 100%. Italian Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini recently took to Twitter to celebrate the occasion, writing, “Finally culture begins to live again.”
Since February of last year, Italy has reported over 131,000 COVID-19-related deaths. Recent data shows that about 75% of the country’s 60 million citizens have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Roughly 70% have received their second dose.