Italy turns white, face masks no longer obligatory outdoors

All Italy turns white and masks no longer required outdoors

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As the final province in Italy reaches white status, the need for masks to be worn outdoors is over. Aosta Valley was the last to achieve the desired low level of contagion.

The whole of Italy is now a low-COVID-19-risk white zone as of today.  The last remaining moderate-risk yellow zone, Val D’Aosta, reached the sought-after status following an improvement in its contagion data.

No more masks outdoors unless crowded

In addition, the obligation for people to wear facemasks outdoors is obsolete. However, the Campania region in Naples, and the town of Norcia are maintaining the mask obligation for the time being.

Enclosed public spaces, such as shops and public transport, still require the wearing of a face mask. Likewise, open-air spaces where crowds of people can form and physical distancing is hard to maintain still require face masks.

Still need to be careful

The COVID-19 Emergency Commissioner, Francesco Figliuolo, told RAI television on Sunday he is “convinced” Italy will achieve herd immunity by the end of September. Then they will have vaccinated 80% of the population.

However, a health ministry consultant, told ANSA that people must still take care. Frequently washing hands and maintaining physical distancing will help contain the spread of the more contagious variants of the virus, such as the Delta variant.

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