“The discos will be able to restart from 1 July, with green passes and differentiated security protocols for outdoor and indoor venues”. This is the agreement reached in Rome yesterday evening (Tuesday 8 June) by the Undersecretary of Health, Andrea Costa, and Maurizio Pasca, president of Silb-Fipe, the Italian union of dance clubs (trade association of Confcommercio), which in the coming days will put pen to paper a protocol to be submitted to the Scientific Technical Committee for the reopening of the premises of the “world of the night”, which have been stopped for 15 months due to the pandemic. First to close on February 23, 2020, last to start over. And last also on the government agenda, which a little less than a month after the last reopening decree had not yet dissolved the reservations on a sector that in Italy is worth 2 billion in turnover and employs 100,000 employees. In the Granda, there are over 500 for about twenty discos and dance halls both indoors and outdoors. During the stop period, it is estimated that they recorded an overall loss of 18 million euros.
From yesterday’s summit at the Ministry of Health, the rules for getting back on track were outlined. Starting from entry only with green pass, a certificate attesting vaccination, even with the first dose only, 15 days before; or a certificate of healing not older than 6 months, or even a quick swab performed 36 hours earlier. An idea that managers do not like very much, because it risks creating a form of “discrimination” between those who have already been vaccinated and those who have not. More stringent measures for indoor discos, where capacity should be limited in relation to the square meters of surface. No mask for dancing (distancing is judged “impossible” by undersecretary and managers), but it should be worn in the most crowded phases of entry or exit, when you are in line at the bar or the cloakroom. Tickets will also be purchased online, reserved only for holders of one of the three green pass certificates, and which will also be nominative, to allow for any tracing of those present in case someone is positive after the evening.
The provincial president of Silb-Fipe, Federica Toselli, co-owner of the Evita in Cavallermaggiore: «Good news, but I foresee great difficulties in the checks with the green pass. We will become “sheriffs”, with the risk that many young people prefer to meet at home parties or in the squares, perhaps in a cheaper way, but much less controlled and safe. However, the sector must restart and as soon as possible, otherwise many companies will die ».