Three Businesses Bag €1,000 Fines In Italy For Not Wearing Masks

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Three businesses which include a bar and a hairdresser in the southern Italian city of Salerno have been hit with 1,000-euro ($1,166) fines after police found they had not respected an edict imposed on Friday that requires people to wear masks in enclosed spaces.

This is coming after the new anti-coronavirus regulations imposed by the region of Campania, local media reported yesterday.

“If our fellow citizens think that the problem is resolved, that means that within a few weeks we will return to a grave emergency,” Vincenzo De Luca, the president of Campania, which includes Naples, posted on Facebook on Friday.

“We knew that there would be an increase in contamination, it was widely expected,” he said, a few hours before the publication of an order toughening the rules to fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The key measure of the text is a fine of 1,000 euros for anyone who does not wear a mask in an enclosed space, whether in public buildings, supermarkets, bars, restaurants, shops or on public transport.

According to the new regulations, “transport operators are required to deny access to passengers who do not wear the mask”.

If they are on board, they must be sanctioned and “invited to disembark immediately or as soon as possible”. If they refuse, “the bus or train will be blocked” and the “intervention of the police will be requested”.

Businesses are also being held responsible “if the offence is committed in the exercise of a commercial activity”.

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