Italy is to make it compulsory for all workers in the nation to have a ‘Covid passport’, which is proof of vaccination, proof of a negative test or proof of recovery from the virus.
These measures are some of the strictest in the world.
Anyone who does not produce a Covid pass will face suspension from their workplace and have their pay stopped after five days.
The measures are being implemented in an attempt to boost vaccine uptake in the country, which was badly hit at the early stage of the pandemic.
This is due to come into force on October 15th.
Covid passports are already required for access to Italian gyms, train stations, cinemas, restaurants and swimming pools.
Businesses and staff in Italy could face fines of up to €1,500 if they are found to be working without a valid Covid pass.
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