Rome, mandatory outdoor masks from Saturday 4 December: list of areas

The obligation of outdoor masks returns to Rome. At least in some specific areas. The mayor Roberto Gualtieri, after having consulted with the prefect, Matteo Piantedosi, and the regional councilor for health, Alessio D’Amato, on the afternoon of Wednesday 1 December signed the ordinance on the obligation to wear devices to limit contagion to Coronavirus, and specifically in the most crowded areas of Rome from 10 on next Saturday 4 December, until midnight on Friday 31 December, or in the hot period of the Christmas holidays.

Furthermore, it is not excluded that the provision will also be extended up to the Epiphany. Children under the age of 6, people with disabilities and those engaged in sports activities continue to be excluded from this obligation. A due act, that of the Mayor, after the appeal of the Governor of Lazio Nicola Zingaretti and which will be added to the other measures to contain the pandemic, from controls on public transport to the squares of nightlife and the contingent shopping street.

The routes where it is mandatory to use the mask outdoors

After a careful analysis of the data, a series of areas have been identified that will be promptly affected by the ordinance. In the center, taken by storm during the holidays, care must be taken to cover the nose and mouth in the most crowded points of the Trident: via del Corso, via di Ripetta, via del Babuino, piazza di San Lorenzo in Lucina, piazza del Parliament, piazza San Silvestre, largo Chigi, largo Carlo Goldoni, piazza di Spagna, piazza del Popolo, via della Croce, via dei Condotti, via Borgognona, via Frattina. The restrictions will also apply in other areas, from Prati to the African district: via Cola di Rienzo, via Marcantonio Colonna, via Fabio Massimo, piazza Cola di Rienzo, via Ottaviano, viale Giulio Cesare, via Candia, viale Libia. So the Center and beyond.

The Capitoline administration also clarified that, also taking into account the ordinance of the Ministry of Health of 22 June 2021, “the obligation to use the mask must be strictly applied in all areas where gatherings and crowding may occur ( other shopping streets, meeting places, markets, Christmas markets, fairs of various kinds, exhibitions and any other event organized for the Christmas holidays outdoors) where, in agreement with the Prefect and the heads of the Police Forces, they will be strengthened the controls”.

Gualtieri: “Let’s all wear masks and get vaccinated”

“Maximum attention and respect for the rules to be all free” is the principle behind this ordinance according to Mayor Gualtieri who added: “It is important that everyone gets vaccinated, and I strongly urge the Romans to do so. The presence of a still significant number of unvaccinated people and the circulation of the virus, however, requires rigorous application of the new rules on the super green pass introduced by the Government, and widespread use of the mask outdoors. The mask is a fundamental tool for prevent infections, and for this reason the ordinance establishes the obligation to do so in all the shopping areas identified by the Police Headquarters and subjected to measures to contain crowding, but also wherever it is not possible to guarantee interpersonal distancing, like the other streets of shopping and the many meeting places of the city “.

“In all these spaces – added the mayor – it will be necessary to always wear a mask, to prevent the possibility of being in contact with other people without this protection. The Prefecture, the Police Headquarters and the Local Police will work to ensure compliance However, it is primarily up to the Romans with their behavior and their sense of responsibility to guarantee the application of this and other fundamental safety rules, protecting themselves and others. For our part, we will evaluate the effects of the ordinance and the trend of the contagion curve and we are ready, if necessary, to further strengthen the provision with a generalized obligation. We all wear a mask and protect our health together “, he wrote in his appeal.

The other areas of the province of Rome with the obligation to wear a mask

Rome thus adds other municipalities of Lazio. After Fiumicino and Albano, on Tuesday it was also the turn of the mayor of Frascati to sign the provision, in this case, until January 9, 2022. “The municipal administration of Frascati, considering the current increase in covid cases in Lazio, in Italy and in Europe, also following the indications coming from the Government and the Region, which call for prudence to safeguard the Christmas holidays and avoid new closures of commercial activities and the movement of people, has decided to adopt this new restrictive measure. ‘ordinance will result in an administrative sanction that can vary from 400 euros to 1000 euros. The ordinance does not apply to children under the age of six, to subjects with pathologies or disabilities incompatible with the use of the mask and to subjects who are carrying out sporting activity “, explained the mayor of Frascati Francesca Sbardella.

Shopping areas restricted to Christmas

However, it will still be a Christmas in the name of a high guard against the Coronavirus. The Prefecture will put the so-called ‘Model Rome’ into play and thus the anti-crowd paths in the shopping streets will return, controlled by the police who will use the barriers to limit the most crowded streets of the Center. It is also possible that in the historic squares and in the places of nightlife – as has already happened in Trastevere and Monti – and shopping, there may be closures and limitations using people counters as happens for events.

The model implemented last year will therefore be dusted off. The “check points” that could be adopted in Piazza del Popolo, Piazza di Spagna, Largo Goldoni and Largo Chigi. In these streets, if the main streets exceed the ‘saturation threshold’, the transit of people will be distributed evenly on the adjacent streets even through the barriers. Similar modules will be adopted in via Cola di Rienzo, via Ottaviano, viale Giulio Cesare and via Candia.

The principle, pending officiality, however, remains the one already oiled at Christmas 2020: to limit the number of accesses and not to close the roads a priori. The “stop and go” closures, as defined by the Prefecture, could also be found in metro stations A, Spagna and Flaminio from 10 to 20 on weekends. Useful tools to save the Christmas period and not stop the economic recovery of bars, restaurants and shops, after long months of difficulties due to the restrictions due to the pandemic.

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