Italy is loosening on its restrictions on the maximum attendance capacities in cultural and sporting venues on Thursday as its progressively eases COVID 19 curbs for those who can show documents of immunity from the disease.
Italy increased the maximum attendance capacity allowed at cultural and sporting venues on Thursday, continuing its progressive easing of COVID-19 curbs for those who can show documents of immunity from the disease.
As of Oct. 11, cinemas, theaters, and concert venues will be able to fill all their seats, scrapping the current limit of 50 percent, the government said, following advice from its panel of public health advisors, Reuters reported.
"Finally, all cultural events are coming back to life," Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said on Twitter.
The maximum capacity of sports stadiums will be raised to 60 percent from 35 percent for indoor venues and to 75 percent from 50 percent outdoors.
Limits on discotheques and nightclubs will stand at 50percent indoors and 75percent outdoors.
No restrictions on museums
There will be no restrictions on museums, where only social distancing rules will remain in place.
However, only those carrying the so-called Green Pass -- a certificate that shows if someone has received at least one jab, has tested negative or has recently recovered from coronavirus -- will be allowed entry, and masks will remain obligatory.
Italy has seen more than 131,000 COVID-related deaths since its outbreak emerged in February last year, second highest tally in Europe after Britain.
However, infections, hospitalizations and fatalities have all eased in recent months as the vaccination campaign has proceeded.
Around 75 percent of its 60-million-strong population have had at least one COVID-19 shot and 69percent are fully vaccinated, figures broadly in line with other large European Union countries.
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