Italy relaxes face covering rules

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva

Great news for folks heading to Italy for vacations or to board ships.  On June 28, 2021  it will no longer be mandatory to wear a face mask in any of Italy’s ‘white zones.” If you recall, the country was one of worse hit by coronavirus. But as cases ease up, the masks are coming off.

 In a Facebook post, Italy’s Health Minister Roberto Spranza wrote that  lifting of the mask requirement goes in effect in regions labelled “white” under Italy’s classification system for how rapidly the virus is spreading. It includes all areas save for Aosta Valley in the northwest.

The Italian government still advises people to wear masks in highly populated area as a precaution.  Italy’s coronavirus statistics show 21 deaths and 494 new cases as of yesterday.

It’s certainly good news for locals, tourists and cruise passengers. However some ships still require face coverings. So check with your cruise line before doffing the mask.

And contact a helpful, friendly Pavlus agent for all your tour, travel and cruise arrangements.

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