The Italian Bishops’ Conference has put pen to paper a vademecum with all the indications and rules for safe mass and celebrations. The CEI reiterates that the Green Pass is not needed to go to Mass because the provisions of the CEI-Government Protocol of 7 May 2020 will continue to be observed, integrated with the subsequent indications of the Technical-Scientific Committee: masks, spacing between the desks, communion only in the hand, no exchange of peace with the handshake, empty stoups.
As with celebrations, “certification is not required for processions”. The recommendations and measures communicated on 11 June 2020 are still valid: obligation to wear a mask and to maintain an interpersonal distance of 2 m for those who sing and 1.5 m for all the other faithful.
The vademecum specifies that certification is instead mandatory, starting from 6 August, to access other activities organized or managed by ecclesiastical bodies, such as: catering services carried out by any establishment (including bars) for consumption at the table, at the closed; shows open to the public, sporting events and competitions; museums, other institutes and places of culture and exhibitions; festivals and fairs, conferences and congresses; swimming pools, swimming centers, gyms, team sports, wellness centers, even within accommodation facilities, limited to indoor activities; cultural centers, social and recreational centers, limited to indoor activities and with the exception of educational centers for children, summer centers, and related catering activities. Participants in educational centers for children, including summer camps, and related catering activities are explicitly excluded from the obligation to possess green certification.
The Green Pass is therefore not necessary for people involved in parish summer centers (summer oratories, Cre, Grest, etc…), even if they eat meals. The certification is also necessary to participate in receptions following civil or religious celebrations (weddings or other anniversaries) and to access the RSA. Exempt from the obligation of green certification are minors under the age of 12 and those exempt on the basis of appropriate medical certification.