Live Music and Green Pass: What Happens Now?

05.08.2021, di Luca Testoni

To paraphrase Jovanotti, this is the start of a new era. The age of the Green Pass has begun, as a tool to take part in all live performances, both indoors and outdoors. Starting with concerts.

The new rule has been approved through Law Decree n. 105 on July 23rd 2021, and will come into effect beginning on Friday, August 6th 2021.

According to the new rule, aiming to slow the spread of Covid-19, from that moment on audiences will only be able to access concert areas if they are in possession of a so-called “Green Pass”, that is to say of a certificate proving they have been inoculated with at least one dose of Sars-CoVid-19 vaccine (and that at least 14 days have passed since the vaccination took place); alternatively, the pass may show that they have recently recovered from Covid-19 (no earlier than 6 months before the event); or that they are in the possession of a PCR or rapid antigen test result obtained no more than 48 hours prior.

There was a time when a “pass” badge around a fan’s neck meant they could access backstage areas, perhaps even meet their favorite artists in person. Not bad, was it? Now, on the other hand, a pass is the only tool we have to enjoy live music and keep alive one of the sectors that suffered the most due to the lockdowns and restrictions put in place from March 2020 until today.

Please note: a Green Pass can be shown either in its paper or digital form, and must always be accompanied by the owner’s I.D. Children under 12 years of age are exempt from both the Green Pass and the need for a negative swab result. For the time being, face masks are mandatory at all times inside concert venues, along with other preventive measures such as social distancing, temperature checks, and the ban on smoking, food and drinks.

Access without a Green Pass will result in fines from four hundred up to a thousand euros, for both the member of the audience and the event organizer, as well as for the managers of the venue involved. If found guilty of transgressions on three separate days, venues risk a stop to their activities for a maximum of ten days.

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