Italy Scraps Outdoor Mask Mandate, Aims To Ease Stadium Limits

MILAN, Italy – Italy’s government on Tuesday lifted an obligation to wear masks outdoors under most circumstances in response to an improving coronavirus situation, and said it aimed to raise attendance limits at stadium.

Under new rules set by Health Minister Roberto Speranza, from Feb.11. until at least March 31 it will be necessary to wear protective masks only in crowed areas and at indoor public venues.

Earlier, Speranza and Sports Minister Valentina Vezzali said the government aimed to steadily increase the attendance limits at sports stadiums from Marc 1.

The ministers said in a statement that from that date they intended to raise attendance ceilings to 75% of capacity for outside stadiums and 60% for indoor ones. The limits currently stand at 50% of capacity outside and 35% inside.

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