Do I need to wear a Face Mask in Italy?

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by Giuseppe Morvillo
Giuseppe is a Property Manager, Travel writer & Media Planner who has born and raised in Sorrento, Italy.
Latest updates on everything you need to know about wearing a face mask in Italy after COVID-19 in 2021. Discover everything you need to know here including the Latest Updates to ensure you are better prepared for your visit to Italy.
by Giuseppe Morvillo
Giuseppe is a Property Manager, Travel writer & Media Planner who has born and raised in Sorrento, Italy.
Latest updates on everything you need to know about wearing a face mask in Italy after COVID-19 in 2021. Discover everything you need to know here including the Latest Updates to ensure you are better prepared for your visit to Italy.

Where do I need to wear a Face Mask in Italy 2021?

So you’ve booked your dream Italian holiday to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast in 2021 and are now wondering, do I need to wear a face mask, 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 Updates

Latest Update | Friday 4th December

Last night Italy’s Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, announced the new rules and restrictions for Italy to follow for the upcoming Christmas holidays, which will be in force from 4th December until 15th January. In regards to travelling, the following announcements were made:

  • Travel will only be allowed for reasons of work, health and “situations of necessity” (such as providing assistance to those who need it), and people will not be permitted to transfer to their holiday homes.
  • It will not be possible to move outside of your town , city of residence, ‘comune’, on the 25th, 26th December and 1st January.
  • Those who travel abroad over Christmas must self-isolate on their return to Italy.
  • A curfew will still be in place, people not allowed out of their homes between 22.00 and 05.00, except for work or health reasons or other urgent situations.

Latest Update | Thursday 3rd December

In the government’s new decree announced today, it was confirmed that anyone returning to Italy from EU countries between 10 – 21 December is obliged to undertake a coronavirus test before travelling and to present the negative result on arrival. Those travelling in from non-Schengen countries must also quarantine for 14 days. Then from 21 December until 6 January all travellers arriving in Italy must undertake a two-week quarantine.

Latest Update | Monday 30th November

The latest updates for a Coronavirus vacine available in Italy could come as early as Spring 2021. Once approved, doctors and health care workers will get the first doses, followed by those in care home, over 80’s, key works and the rest of the population. It will not be obligatory at first so that the government can monitor how the campaign progresses, and will also be distributed to all Italians for free. Read our full article here: Italy’s Coronavirus Vaccine for Spring 2021

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€.

Latest Update | Thursday 24th September

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.

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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.

Public Transport

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.

Airports

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.   

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Beaches

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.

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