The region of Lazio, which includes the Italian capital of Rome, has made it mandatory to wear masks outside. The measures come into force from Saturday, the regional government announced.
Exceptions will be made for people playing sport, anyone under the age of six and those with health conditions.
According to Lazio’s Health Assessor, Alessio D’Amato, the R (reproduction) number in the region is now 1.09. The R number was previously 0.85, according to Italian Health Ministry figures.
Mask wearing is currently mandatory in all indoor spaces across Italy.