Italy, one of the worst-hit COVID-19 countries, is heading towards a mask-less community. People in this European country will no longer need to wear face masks. The health ministry announced the news on Monday. Many countries around the world are slowly and steadily getting back to normal. Recently, the US also announced that masks aren’t compulsory for vaccinated people.
Masks No Longer Compulsory in Italy from June 28
Facemasks are no longer compulsory in Italy from June 28. The health ministry made the announcement on Monday. One of the worst-hit COVID-19 countries in the world is now going maskless. Roberto Speranza, the nation’s health minister announced the news via Facebook. The Italian government has labeled a few regions “white”, under the new classification system. However, these regions are the regions with very few or almost zero Covid cases. Therefore, people who live in the white regions, no longer need a facemask.
Is the Country Going Totally Maskless?
All the regions in Italy are now classified white, except for the tiny Aosta Valley. Speranza mentioned that though people no longer need to wear a mask; but they should have it with them always. In case, they are at a place that has a huge gathering, they might need a mask. People should have masks at hand for events with a higher risk of spreading the virus. However, those who want to still continue wearing masks can wear them. But, wearing a mask is no more compulsory in Italy.
Daily Cases Decline at a Good Rate in Italy
Italy recorded 495 new infections and 21 deaths on Monday. Experts believe that it is time that people can roam about without a mask. Henceforth, people in the white zone will no longer require a mask from June 28. Since the pandemic started, the country has recorded 127,291 deaths. Nearly 4.25 million Italians have contracted the virus so far. Moreover, 46 million Covid vaccine doses are administered in the country. Besides that, 30 percent of the total population is vaccinated. This accounts for 16 million people out of the 60 million population.