Do I need to wear a Face Mask in Italy?
by Giuseppe Morvillo
by Giuseppe Morvillo
Where do I need to wear a Face Mask in Italy?
So you’ve booked your dream Italian holiday to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast and are now wondering, where do I need to wear a face mask and should I bring one with me? In this article we have covered for you everything you need to know about wearing a mask in Italy this year and where it is obligatory to ensure you are better prepared for your visit to Italy. Our best advice is to always have a face mask with you to ensure you are best prepared, in case you do not have one there are plenty of places in Italy you can purchase one for a small cost.
Latest Update | Tuesday 6th October
Face masks are now compulsory in Italy and must be worn everywhere in public, including outdoors, the maximum fine for failing to comply with these regulations has also been raised to 1,000€.
From today it is now obligatory to wear face masks in public in Italy’s southern Campania region, which also includes the city of Naples, following an order signed by the regional governor Vincenzo De Luca on 24 September. With schools starting to re-open, this new restriction is valid throughout the region, with effect from today, 24 September until 4 October 2020. Discover all of the Coronavirus Updates: Sorrento, Capri and Amalfi Coast
Latest Update | Monday 17th August
With cases slowly rising around Italy, several of the new cases over the past few weeks have reportedly been linked to nightclubs. Ministers also said the increase in cases across Europe had influenced their decision to impose new restrictions. Masks will need to be worn where social distancing is not possible between 6pm and 6am, while the closure of nightclubs and dance halls also applies to outdoor venues where people dance, such as beaches and common areas in hotels.
Shops and Supermarkets
When visiting supermarkets and grocery stores, currently it is required that you are obligated wear a face mask to enter. If you’re not wearing a mask you’ll most likely not be allowed to enter the shop and refused entry. Once inside the store social distancing is to be practised and it is advised that you keep a good distance from people around you. When purchasing lose fresh product such as fruits and vegetables it is also advisable to only touch and pick up the ones you are intending to buy.
If you’re taking public transport while in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, such as busses and trains, you must wear a face mask from the moment you enter the train station. Face masks are also to be worn throughout the whole journey of your trip until you are no longer on the train or bus. Due to social distancing there are now also a limited number of seating on board, you will find clearly displayed the areas you are no longer allowed to sit in to ensure there is good distance between all of the passengers.
Depending on which airline you are flying with, face masks are also required on board the plane and throughout your whole journey. Please note, once landing in Italy, even if your airline for some reason does not has a face mask requirement it is however required in the Italian airports so we would advise to have one ready just incase you are unsure. After landing in Italy and prior to going through the security passport check, you will also have your temperature checked at a safe distance to ensure you are well and safe to enter the country.
There is no requirement for you to wear a protective face mask as you are in an open outside space so it is much easy to keep a good distance from those around you, especially since there will no longer very full and packed beaches as before since there is now a limit to how many people visit at once. Once at the beach and inside the bathing establishments all of the sun-beds, loungers and chairs have been positioned with a safe distance of 1 metre apart to ensure good social distancing.
You can read our full article about coronavirus in Italy, from Outbreak to Lockdown, including live updates and case count here: Coronavirus in Italy, Daily Updates.