If additional peaks in Italian regions require stricter restrictions, they will only apply to the unvaccinated.
The government extended a vaccination mandate that was already in place for health care workers to teachers and school staff and to law enforcement officials. The booster shot will also be mandatory for these categories.
The green passport will now also be required to use public buses and regional trains, and to stay in hotels.
Thousands of people gathered at the Circus Maximus in Rome and in Milan last weekend to protest the green passport and condemn a “dictatorship”.
But with hospital beds and intensive care units filled with unvaccinated patients, Italy joined a group of countries that are sharpening their attitude towards citizens who avoid the shot.
Italy’s announcement followed a pioneering decision by Austria to introduce one lockdown for the unvaccinated, restricts their movements to travel for work, school, food and health care. Last week, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis also announced more restrictions for the country’s unvaccinated, preventing them from going to cinemas, theaters and gyms.
A spokesman for the French government said on Wednesday that the country would tighten its health pass, speed up its vaccination campaign and strengthen the rules on social distancing.
Constant Méheut contributed reporting from France