Italy: Vaccine Passports not required to access Catholic Churches

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The Italian Bishops’ Conference communicated the decision.

Newsroom (August 1, 2021 3:45 PM, Gaudium Press) – In Italy, Churches will not require the so-called “vaccine passport” (proof of vaccination).

On the other hand, it will be required to go to church museums, receptions, and meetings held in a church hall, the Italian Bishops’ Conference reported.

Under Italian state provisions, starting August 6, a vaccination certificate will be required to access places such as gyms, restaurants, museums and shopping malls.

Children under 12 or people who have a medical certificate stating that they should not be vaccinated are also exempt from this provision.

The note from the Italian Bishops’ Conference on these measures is accompanied by a letter from the president of that episcopate, Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, thanking health personnel, priests, elders, and families the sacrifices they made during the pandemic.

The measures adopted in May for the wearing of masks and the distancing inside temples, among others, remain in force.

With information from the National Catholic Reporter

Compiled by Gustavo Kralj

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