Italy makes it compulsory to wear a mask outdoors

The state of emergency has also been extended until January 31

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Certain cities, like Genoa, or certain regions, like Lazio (Rome) or Campania (Naples), had already taken the lead. This time, however, Italy has decided to make it compulsory to wear masks outdoors throughout its territory. It also extended the state of emergency until January 31 to better combat the resurgence of the coronavirus epidemic.

Wearing a mask, which was already compulsory in closed public places in Italy , is therefore extended to the outdoor space.

Exceptions to wearing a mask

However, wearing a mask will not be compulsory at home and in isolated places frequented by the same family. Children under six years of age, as well as people suffering from pathologies incompatible with wearing a mask, are exempt. The mask will not be compulsory during sporting activities either.

The government has also adopted a law prohibiting the 20 Italian regions, which enjoy great autonomy, especially in the field of health, to take less restrictive measures than those decided by Rome, except with the agreement of the Minister of Health. However, they are authorized to take more restrictive measures.

The head of the Italian government Giuseppe Conte announced last week that he wanted to extend until January 31 next state of emergency. The state of emergency in Italy serves primarily to facilitate and accelerate the taking of decisions and measures intended to combat the effects of an earthquake, floods or other disasters.

It had been established a first time in February, then extended until October 15.

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