Italy imposed a nationwide outdoor facemask mandate on Wednesday, October 7 with strict penalties amounting up to $1,160 for violators as the country tries to curb COVID-19 resurgence.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte warned the country of a possible second wave of pandemic as a steady nine-week surge in the COVID-19 infections forcing the government to take new preventive measures.
Conte said, "We have to be more rigorous because we want to avoid at all costs more restrictive measures for production and social activities."
According to the reports, the government passed the decree on the same day as Italy recorded 3,678 new infections and 31 fatalities, its record high in new cases since the peak of the outbreak in the April. In addition to this, hard-hit regions of Lombardy and Southern Companies witnessed more than 500, cases each.
Conte said, "The state can't ask citizens to wear masks in their homes."
"But we have a strong recommendation for all citizens: Even in our families we have to be careful," he added.
As per reports, certain sections have been given relaxations such as outdoor sporting activities, children under 6, and for people with health issues.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Roberto Speranza on October 6 announced that Italy will extend the COVID-19 emergency until January 2021.
Italy has reported more than 327,580COVID-19 cases and 36,000 fatalities.
Source: AP News