Center of Milan, mandatory outdoor mask 10 am-10pm from November 27th to December 31st 2021

The local police of Milan have been mobilized in the city center to check the obligation to wear masks outdoors in some streets and squares, taken on Saturday 27 November and in effect from 10 to 22, every day, until 31 December. “Several patrols with pairs of fighters explain to the citizens the obligation and enforce it”, the councilor for safety Marco Granelli wrote on Facebook: “I took a tour this morning and thanked them personally. Thanks to these workers who are at the service of our community. And thanks to the citizens who work together to allow everyone to start living and working again “.

Obligation to wear a mask outdoors, when it is in force

Saturday 27 November is the day in which, in Milan, the obligation to wear the mask outdoors returns from 10 to 22 to fight the covid pandemic. A very different situation from that of 2020, when in November Italy swooped into the colored areas and, precisely on the 27th, Lombardy passed from the red zone to the orange zone. But the constant increase in infections worries the authorities who therefore have established a small ‘squeeze’ in force from November 27, 2021, and until December 31, with the aim of safeguarding the Christmas period and avoiding further closures. Above all we want to avoid the passage in the yellow zone.

The measure was agreed at the table of the committee for public order and safety coordinated by the prefect Renato Saccone who, subsequently, sent a letter to all the mayors of the metropolitan city of Milan to invite them to sign ordinances for the obligation of the mask to the open in the streets where a greater crowd is expected (shopping, Christmas markets and so on).

The mayor of Milan, Beppe Sala, signed the order on Thursday 25, also imitated by his colleague from Bergamo Giorgio Gori. Other Italian cities, from Padua to Rome, have done or are planning to do the same. “I believe – said Sala – that it is something necessary at the moment, but that in the end it does not penalize anyone. It is not that it is a great sacrifice: we are all used to it, but at this moment prudence must be strong again”.

Lombardy remains a white area

Where will it be mandatory to wear a mask in Milan?

The streets affected by the provision are piazza Castello, largo Cairoli, via Dante, piazza Cordusio, via Orefici, via and piazza Mercanti, piazza del Duomo, Galleria and corso Vittorio Emanuele II and piazza San Babila. From Saturday 27 until December 31 it will not be possible to run without the protection of the mask, from 10 to 22, despite the white zone.

Here the pdf of the ordinance of the Municipality

The center of Milan is typically attractive to many people during the Christmas period, also due to the presence of the Christmas market in Piazza del Duomo (from December 1st to January 6th) and the Oh Bej! Oh Bej! around the Castello Sforzesco (from 5 to 8 December). The possibility of restricting the entrances to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in moments of greatest influx is still open; and the New Year’s ‘big concert’ in Piazza del Duomo for the evening of December 31 has already been excluded, even if another event is being studied that could make the Milanese celebrate the beginning of the new year without creating ‘useless’ gatherings of people.

Finally, it should be remembered that, at national level, in the event of temporary gatherings, the obligation to wear the mask outdoors is still in force, regardless of the ‘color’ of the area in which you are (currently all of Italy is a white area except some municipalities of the autonomous province of Bolzano).

Fines for those who do not wear a mask

The ‘basic’ penalty for those who are pinched by the authorities without the necessary mask will be 400 euros, if paid within sixty days, or 280 euros if paid within five days. Beyond sixty days, the fine can reach three thousand euros.

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