Mask-wearing outdoors in Italy will no longer be required in virtually all of the country starting on June 28.
Health Minister Roberto Speranza tweeted Monday night that the mask requirement for outdoors will be eliminated in those parts of Italy in designated “white zone” regions, where COVID-19 case incidence is low and ICU admissions of the illness are below thresholds considered at risk for overwhelming hospitals.
Currently Italy’s health ministry has allowed all regions except for Valle d’Aosta to drop most remaining coronavirus-related rules from Monday following the latest health data review.
The regions of Tuscany, Marche, Campania, Calabria, Basilicata, Sicily and the Autonomous Province of Bolzano have been moved from the yellow category, joining the rest of the country in the ‘white zone’.
Health Minister Roberto Speranza signed off on the changes following the findings of the latest health data report published on Friday, which showed that the rate of new infections in the country remained low.
Masks will still be required to be worn on public transport and well as indoors. Nearly 30 percent of people in Italy 12 or older have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.