In brief

On 1 April 2021, the Italian government enacted a new Decree No. 44/2021 (you can read the Italian version of the decree here).

The new decree extends some previously enforced provisions until 30 April 2021 and, in particular, the restrictions currently in force with regard to (i) the performance of manufacturing, commercial and professional activities; (ii) travels within and between Italian regions; and (iii) international travels. You can read our more detailed newsletter with all details here.

Until 30 April 2021, individuals entering Italy for tourism from any EU country, regardless of the result of the mandatory swab test they must undertake before their entry, will also have to self-quarantine for five days, after which they will be required to undergo a second swab test. 

On top of the above, the new decree addresses some hot topics regarding the vaccination campaign and, in particular, the following: 

1. Obligation to vaccinate healthcare personnel

Individuals performing health-related duties who are employed both in public and private hospitals, healthcare facilities, pharmacies and professional physicians, will be required to be vaccinated in order to perform their working activity. Failure to do so will result in the employees being moved to other tasks, that do not involve direct contact with people; otherwise employers will be entitled to suspend employees from work without pay, until they get vaccinated or, in any case, until 31 December 2021. 

2. Limited criminal liability for vaccinating physicians 

Individuals injecting vaccines will not be liable for criminal offenses such as death or injuries caused by negligence until the end of the vaccination campaign and provided that the followed procedure complies with the instructions provided by the vaccine supplier.