Like France, Italy decreed the lifting of the wearing of masks outside in virtually the entire country from June 28. A decision that comes following the drop in new cases of the coronavirus in the country.
Health Minister Roberto Speranza tweeted Monday evening that the requirement for outdoor masks will be eliminated in parts of Italy in designated “white zone” regions, where the incidence of coronavirus cases is affected. is low and ICU admissions for the disease are below thresholds considered to be at risk for overwhelming hospitals.
Currently, all but one small area in northwestern Italy has “white area” designations. Wearing a mask will always be compulsory in public transport as well as indoors.
If these rules are relaxed, social distancing should remain in place and masks will still be needed in crowded outdoor areas, such as markets, as concerns remain high in Italy over a potential increase in new cases of the variant-fueled coronavirus. Delta.
Italy has reported around 2,000 new daily infections on average nationwide since June 7. These are the lowest figures observed since September 2020.
Italy fully vaccinated nearly 30% of the population over the age of 12 on Monday, according to official figures.
In total, more than 46 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in Italy, although health authorities warn that one dose may not offer sufficient protection against Delta and other variants.