New Wedding Rules in Italy with Covid-19

Green pass for a wedding in Italy.

Good news, at least for the wedding field!

After the decree (decreto legge) December 30, 2021, n. 229Covid-19 wedding ceremony and reception in Italy are still allowed!

We report below the translated text and the link to the regulatory text

From 10 January 2022 until the termination of the state of epidemiological emergency from COVID-19, is allowed only to subjects in possession of COVID-19 green certifications, of which Article 9, paragraph 2, letters a), b) and c-bis), of the decree-law n. 52 of 2021, as well as to the subjects referred to in article 9-bis, paragraph 3, first sentence, of the decree-law n. 52 of 2021, to attend the following event and activities:
c) feasts resulting from the civil or religious ceremonies of which
Article 9-bis, paragraph 1, letter g-bis), of the decree-law n. 52
of 2021.

To consult the text of the decree (in Italian) please click at the following link:

https://www.gazzettaufficiale.it/eli/id/2021/12/30/21G00258/sg

That means that to attend a wedding in Italy you have:

-received anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination occurred at the end of the cycle
primary vaccination or administration of the corresponding dose of
recall;

-been cured from COVID-19, with simultaneous termination
the prescribed isolation following SARS-CoV-2 infection,
arranged in compliance with the criteria established with the circulars of
Ministry of Health;

-been cured from COVID-19 occurred after administration
of the first vaccine dose or at the end of the primary vaccination course
or the administration of the relevant booster dose.

The rules above do not apply to subjects under the age of twelve and subjects exempt from the campaign vaccinal on the basis of appropriate medical certification issued according to the criteria defined in a circular from the Ministry of Health.

To know restrictions for foreigner willing to enter in Italy please read the following link provided by the Italian Government:

Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreigners in Italy

Previous Update – May 2021

Wedding can be celebrated with no particular restrictions.

The wedding filed -given the conviviality of the events that characterize it- is undoubtedly more sensitive to the corona virus’s threat.

Considering that you will have to plan a trip here in Italy (for you and your guests) for your much-desired destination wedding, we recommend that you consult this section of our website, which will be regularly updated and translated from Italian into English to provide you significant information regarding covid-19 restrictions and protocols in regards to the weddings in Italy.

The legislation proposed below is “national.” Therefore, the governors of Italy’s regions may, from time to time, issue stricter restrictions.
Therefore, if you have any doubts or questions about the region where you would like to get married in the coming months/years, do not hesitate to contact us.

The measures listed below are arranged from the most recent to the least recent.

May 18, 2021. The law decree n.65 of the 18th May 2021 re-open the wedding ceremonies but the guests will have to stick to strict regulations.

Let’s see the news.

The Green pass to participate
All wedding participants must have a certificate of vaccination (complete cycle, therefore two doses for Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna and one for Johnson & Johnson), the recovery certificate (issued by the ASL or general practitioner) or a negative swab carried out in the 48 hours before the ceremony

Open spaces
It is recommended that events be held in open areas. In the event that closed environments are to be used, air exchange must always be guaranteed .

Masks and spacing
Diners indoors and outdoors will not be obliged to wear at least a surgical mask in cases of leaving their table (going to the bathroom, bar, etc.), provided they respect the interpersonal distance of 1 meter in the case of non-cohabiting subjects .

Appointment of the Covid manager
A Covid manager will have to be appointed who will have to deal with the preventive organization in order to ensure a ratio between control officers and guests of no less than 1 every 50 guests. Before the banquet it will be necessary to have the list of participants, their distribution at the tables, self-declarations on the green certification which must be kept for the 14 days following the event. This activity must be carried out in such a way as to avoid the formation of queues or gatherings .

Number of guests: no limits
There is no limit to the number of guests.

Green pass for guests
Upon arrival in the reception room, guests must hand over the “green pass” to prove that they have been vaccinated at least with the first dose but beyond the previous 15 days or with the double dose, or that they have recovered from Covid-19, or that they have performed a swab in the previous 48 hours. It is the faculty of the structure to organize a special screening area with antigen tests, carried out by health personnel, in order to reduce the risk of contagion during the event. In any case, guests will have to undergo a temperature measurement before entering the room.

But what is exactly a green pass?

The Green Certification COVID-19 – EU digital COVID certificate has been issued after the proposal of the European Commission to consent the safe movement of citizens in the European space after the pandemic consequences.

It is a digital (the phone app called Immuni) or printable (paper) certification containing a two-dimensional QR Code and a qualified electronic seal. 

In Italy, it is issued by the system that belongs to the italian Ministry of Health. 

The green pass certificates one of the following conditions:

  • have had the anti-COVID-19 vaccination (in Italy, it is issued both at the first dose and after the vaccination cycle)
  • be negative on the rapid antigen test or molecular test performed within the last 48 hours
  • be cured of COVID-19 in the past six months.

Tables
For adjacent tables considering the size of the chairs, the minimum distance between them must be at least 2 meters (0.5 + 0.5 + 1m), considering the passage of the staff in the administration service. At the tables they have to be distributed and spaced so that the seats guarantee interpersonal distancing of at least 1 meter, except for tables made up of people who are not subject to interpersonal distancing as they are cohabitants. It is advisable to use place cards or other systems in order to make the positions at the tables stable.

Buffet
The classic method of serving a self-service buffet is not permitted, while a service for selecting food on display or in show cooking mode, distributed by the dining room staff, is permitted, without prejudice to respect for interpersonal distance. It is recommended the use of barriers in such areas for the protection of food or interposing a safety distance between the food observation point of at least two meters. It is advisable to affix any horizontal signs that can facilitate compliance with the distance between people in the buffet or bar areas . It is not allowed to set up the buffet at the table, except in single-portion packaged. An exception to this requirement is the service to families of cohabitants, who will be able to share courses of food in a mixed way . We recommend the adoption of a single menu for the tableau marriage and individual menus for the exclusive use of the guest and the event, in order to reduce the service of the dining room staff at the tables.

Single-serving food
Sauces, bread, crackers, breadsticks can be given to customers in unpackaged single portions, but served directly with the use of tongs.

Bar and cocktail area
The administration in the bar stations or in the service counters of coffee, bitters, cocktails, is allowed in compliance with the interpersonal distancing between non-cohabitants, taking into account that no gathering must take place with respect to the service capacity of the counter.

Photo
Photographers will have to wear the surgical mask if they have to have an interpersonal distance of less than 1 meter from the customers and organize the photo shoot in a responsible way.
Music
The musical groups will have to distance themselves from the public for at least 3 m, if they are not equipped with anti-droplet barriers near the microphone. They will have to wear the surgical mask only if they have to move to the internal common areas (go to the bathroom, to the bar, etc.). Particular attention and suitable disposable device must be used in the use of the microphone, if not strictly personal use. Shows or artistic performances of any kind are allowed as long as the interpersonal distance of one meter can always be respected .
Dance
It will be possible to dance but the events with dance in indoor spaces will be organized with predefined times, guaranteeing a per capita surface area of ​​2 square meters, enhancing the air exchange of the premises.

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