Mask rules get tighter in Europe in winter's COVID-19 wave

Inter soccer fans wearing FFP2 face masks wait for the start of the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Lazio at the San Siro Stadium, in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. With Italy's hospital ICUs rapidly filling up with COVID-19 patients, most of them unvaccinated, Premier Mario Draghi’s government issued a Christmas Eve decree that FFP2 masks – which are more protective for users than cloth or surgical face masks – must be worn used on public transport, including planes, trains, ferries and local buses, trams and subways.

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