In late December 2021, a mask mandate ordered that all individuals in Italy wear masks both indoors and outdoors due to a surge in COVID-19 cases as a result of the Omicron variant. Starting Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, however, masks will no longer be required to wear outdoors thanks to a continuous decrease in contagions, which however, remain high.
They will only need to be worn in cases of crowds or gatherings, so individuals should always carry a mask when outside. The closure order for nightclubs and dance venues is also set to end on Friday.
Masks will still be mandatory indoors, with the only exception being the privacy of homes, till at least March 31, 2022 when Italy’s state of emergency will come to an end. Health Minister Robert Speranza signed the order making the decision official last Tuesday.
Although, this does not necessarily mean that masks will entirely disappear come April 1. At the turn of that month, the government will re-examine the progression of the pandemic and decide with that knowledge.
This ordinance identified the following as exempt from wearing masks or other respiratory protective devices: children under the age of six, those with illnesses or disabilities that conflict, caregivers of the disabled and individuals participating in athletic activities.
The regulations requiring a Super Green Pass to eat at restaurants, cafes, and other locations where people lower their masks will still apply. In general, all other COVID-19 safety protocols are still enforced with the only change being the wearing of masks outside and the closure order being lifted.
By law, everyone over the age of 50 should be vaccinated with a valid Green Pass, as well as workers over 50. The latter face fines of up to 1500 euros if they are found without one at their place of employment. Those who are exempt for medical reasons should have a medical certificate. (marissa conter)