masks still needed in nursing homes

Masks required in certain indoor places until 15th June

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Masks will continue to be required in certain indoor places in Italy for a further six weeks. The health minister Roberto Speranza made the announcement just days before the indoor mask-wearing rules expire on 30 April.

Italy will retain the obligation to wear masks on public transport and in some indoor public settings until 15 June. Roberto Speranza, the health minister, made the announcement just two days before the current mask-wearing rules expire.

The obligation to wear masks will remain until 15 June on all forms of public transport, in hospitals and nursing homes, in cinemas and theatres, at concerts and indoor sporting events, and in schools and universities.

Where to wear a mask

With the exception of hospitals and care homes, the wearing of masks in both the public and private workplace from 1st May onwards is “only strongly recommended”, health undersecretary Andrea Costa told news agency ANSA on Thursday afternoon.

In effect, from 1st May people will no longer be required to wear masks in bars, restaurants and shops. Speranza is expected to sign an order today extending the mask-wearing obligations. It will act as a “bridge” measure pending the approval of a government decree, reports ANSA.

Green Pass dropped from Sunday

From 1st May, the government will drop the so-called Green Pass. The digital certificate proves the holder has been vaccinated, had a negative Covid-test within 48 hours or recently recovered from covid.

The lifting of these restrictions will include those relating to the Super Green Pass. The enhanced version of the Covid pass can only be obtained by those who have been vaccinated or recovered from covid. It will, however, remain in force until 31 December for those visiting hospitals and nursing homes.

Italy ended its outdoor mask mandate on 11th February. On 31st March, the country exited the covid state of emergency after more than two years.

See the health ministry website for official information on the covid-19 situation in Italy (in English).

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