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Italy, Greece relax COVID restrictions

ROME (AP) – Italy and Greece relaxed some COVID-19 restrictions yesterday, in a sign that life was increasingly returning to normal before Europe’s peak summer tourist season.

Greece’s civil aviation authority announced that it was lifting all COVID-19 rules for international and domestic flights except for the wearing of face masks during flights and at airports. Previously, air travellers were required to show proof of vaccination, a negative test or a recent recovery from the disease.

Under a decree passed by Italy’s Health Ministry, the country did away with the health pass that had been required to enter restaurants, cinemas, gyms and other venues. The green pass, which showed proof of vaccination, recovery from the virus or a recent negative test, is still required to access hospitals and nursing homes.

Some indoor mask mandates also ended, including inside supermarkets, workplaces and stores. Masks are still required on public transport, in cinemas and in all health care and
eldercare facilities.

“It was needed,” said Claudio Civitelli, a Rome resident who was having his morning coffee at a cafe near the Trevi Fountain. Until yesterday, patrons had to wear a mask to enter cafes and restaurants, though they could remove them to eat and drink. “We have waited more than two years.”

At a nearby table, Andrea Bichler, an Italian tourist from Trentino Alto-Adige, sat with similarly maskless friends.

“It’s much better,” Bichler said. “Let’s say it’s a return to life, a free life.”

People gather at a cafe in Rome. PHOTO: AP
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