Where do I need to wear a face mask in Italy?

From May 1, 2022, the rules around vaccination certificates and the wearing of masks in Italy and Rome changed. No vaccination certificate is required to enter Italy, and the rules around the wearing of masks is now much more relaxed.

Most of the obligation to wear a mask has been cancelled throughout Italy. Here are the notable circumstances where masks used to be required but are no longer needed.

Where are face masks no longer required in Rome and Italy?

  • Anywhere outdoors
  • Shops and supermarkets
  • Outdoor sporting events
  • Beauty parlors, hairdressers, barbers
  • Note that masks have never been mandatory for children under six years of age

Bear in mind that for a few weeks it may still be considered a politeness to wear a mask for the peace of mind of local people. Use your best judgement to assess if elderly and vulnerable people are wearing masks, and please be courteous and do so to make them feel reassured, even if a mask is not legally required.

Where are face masks still required in Rome and Italy?

These rules will finally be rescinded on June 15th, 2022.

What kind of face masks are still required in Rome and Italy?

In most cases the FFP2 type of mask is required. An FFP2 mask protects against particle sizes up to 0.6 μm, and reduces exposure to such airborne particles by a factor of 10 compared to no mask at all. While of course the virus is much smaller than this, virus-bearing airborne droplets expelled by people coughing, sneezing, or even talking, are larger than 0.6 μm and are effectively blocked by such masks – particularly if an infected person is wearing the mask, and is thus prevented from infecting others.

Where can I buy suitable face masks in Rome?

Suitable FFP2 type face masks can be bought at any pharmacy, tobacconist, or supermarket throughout Italy as well as at most convenience stores.

How much do FFP2 face masks cost in Italy?

The maximum payable price for such a face mask is 75c. In most places you can buy packs of 10 such masks for about €5.

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