Italians face €1,000 fines for breaking face mask rules

Source : 112 Ukraine

Face masks are now compulsory in Italy and the maximum penalty for failing to wear one has been hiked to 1,000 euros
20:30, 7 October 2020

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The Italian government has increased the fine for being without a mask in public places to 1,000 euros. It was reported by The Local.

In an update to existing emergency measures wearing a mask in Italy will become obligatory whenever you leave your home. Italian government tightened its rules in response to recent rises in new cases of Covid-19.

The government has also raised the fines for refusing to wear a mask to between €400 and €1,000, with police patrols deployed to check that people are complying. Until now the maximum penalty was €400, though some regions had introduced higher fines locally.

Businesses that fail to enforce the rules on their premises can be fined up to €1,000 and risk being shut down for up to 30 days.

Children under six and people with specific disabilities are exempt from wearing a mask, as is anyone exercising alone outdoors.

People are also allowed to take their mask off when they're eating or drinking at restaurants and cafes.

As it was reported earlier, the government of Italy considers the possibility of the extension of the emergency state due to the growth of Covid-19. The term of the current emergency state ends on October 15; however, the epidemiologists recommend to extend it.

Related: Belgium, Germany, Italy, Australia, Switzerland: Protesters rally against coronavirus measures

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