There is still no call, either from the control room or from the Council of Ministers. And in the State-Regions conference the pandemic theme – with all that derives from it in terms of new parameters to define the colors of the Regions, green pass, extension of the state of emergency – was removed: it will be addressed yes, but only today. To lengthen the times the ‘wall’ of the Regions, as well as the internal fibrillations of the majority forces. With the discontent that, especially over the long-term extension of the state of emergency and the green pass, animate the League, with the leader Matteo Salvini who sided with the governors: “life cannot be limited to 30 million Italians” .
The Regions ask that the parameters for decreeing the transition from the white to the yellow zone, with all the limitations of the case, provide for 30% of the beds occupied in hospitals and 20% in intensive care. But above all they ask that in the white zone the green pass is only applied to major sporting and entertainment events, discos, fairs and congresses. In summary, use the green certificate to allow the resumption of activities not allowed until today.
But the government – with Prime Minister Mario Draghi in the lead and with the exception of the League – demands more to stop the virus, which thanks to the Delta variant has returned to scare. Distinguishing the activities on three levels: the essential services that do not require a green pass, those that provide for a ‘light’ version – therefore a single dose with an already fixed and close date for the second – and finally the list of activities for which the green certificate must certify complete vaccination.
The distance with the Regions is tangible, difficult to shorten. For bars and restaurants, for example, the government wants to introduce the green pass, even if only for the tables inside and even with a single dose, leaving free drinks at the counter or outside the restaurant. And this also in the white zone: a stance that makes the governors’ front turn up their noses.
And then there are the stages, from now to September, that the government intends to indicate to make the use of the green certificate more stringent, thanks to the return to school as well as the return from the August holidays. And that in the last few hours he would not have excluded, according to government sources, the obligation of a green certificate on public transport starting from mid-September. Yet another difficult knot to unravel, on which the confrontation, in these hours, has gone on tight enough to lead to a postponement as on the school: the decision on bus and metro should be taken later and not in this decree.
Today, barring new but unlikely postponements, the awaited control room with Draghi, then a new confrontation with the Regions, therefore the Council of Ministers which will have to pass the new decree. Where the new date of the state of emergency will also be put in writing, probably – but at the moment there is still no certainty – 31 December. To explain the reasons that moved the government, in all likelihood, will be Draghi himself, who should return to speak at the press conference at the end of a day that promises to be long and complex.