The Vatican will require visitors to carry a "Green Pass" demonstrating proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test beginning Oct. 1.
Visitors will need to present either a Vatican Green Pass, a European Green Pass, or a foreign COVID-19 Green Pass proving vaccination or recovery from COVID-19. Visitors who show a negative molecular or antigenic test will also be allowed entry.
The new safety precautions come after Pope Francis requested that every safety measure be taken against the virus, according to Vatican News.
"The Pope affirmed the necessity of ensuring 'the health and well-being of the working community while respecting the dignity, rights and fundamental freedoms of each of its members,' and requested the Governorate to 'adopt every suitable measure to prevent, control and counteract the health emergency,'" the outlet wrote.
An exception to the rule will be granted to those attending mass, but only “for the time strictly necessary for the celebration.” During mass, health regulations including social distancing, use of hygiene, and use of personal protective equipment will need to be implemented.
Vatican City requiring Green Cards is in line with what Italy is doing with its workforce. The country approved a measure on Thursday to require digital vaccine certificates for all of its workers, making Italy the first European country to mandate COVID-19 health passes.
Almost 44 million Italian residents have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with nearly 39 million fully vaccinated, according to the World Health Organization. Roughly 60 million people live in Italy.
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