Holiday face mask rules for Spain, Greece, France, Italy and Turkey

The government has announced new coronavirus protection measures that will make face coverings compulsory for shoppers in England from 24 July.

Until now the government has advised that masks should be worn in enclosed spaces, but they have only been compulsory on public transport. 

Under the new laws, those caught without a face mask can be issued with fines of up to £100. 

A number of countries that are part of the UK’s “air bridge” travel plans have also implemented strict rules regarding face coverings in enclosed spaces, in order to limit the risk of spreading the virus.

If you’re heading on holiday this summer, here’s what you need to know:

Spain

In general, face masks are obligatory for anyone over the age of 6, when it is not possible to maintain the required social distance of 1.5 metres.



People wearing face masks in Palma de Mallorca, Spain

However, a number of regional authorities have implemented stricter rules regarding face coverings, making them a requirement in public regardless of the social distancing measures in place. 

Aragón, Asturias, Cantabria, Navarre, La Rioja, Catalonia, the Baleric Islands, Extremadura, Andalusia and Murcia have either made the face coverings mandatory – or they are about to.

While masks are not mandatory for children aged between 3 to 5, but they are recommended.

Greece

It is mandatory that masks are worn while using public transport, including flights, ferries, airports, and taxis.

They are also compulsory in medical facilities and in lifts.  Until recently, masks were compulsory for shoppers, but the relaxation of these measures now means they are no longer required.

However, shop staff will still be required to wear a mask.

France 

For anyone over the age of 11, face masks must currently be worn on public transport, while in taxis and while at the airport. 

Masks are not yet compulsory while in shops, but shopkeepers can decide to make them a requirement.

From 1 August face masks will be compulsory in all enclosed public spaces in France.

Anyone refusing to wear one will be issued with an €135 (or £122) fine.



People wear protective face masks, at Trocadero, in front of the Eiffel tower

Italy 

The use of masks remains mandatory in enclosed public spaces throughout the country, including restaurants, shops, and on public transport. In the regions of Lombardy and Piedmont, masks are compulsory in all public spaces. 

In restaurants masks must be worn when you enter the venue, and any time you leave your table. 

Masks are not compulsory when outside, but should be worn when the required social distancing measures cannot be maintained. 

Turkey 

Face masks are obligatory throughout Turkey in crowded places, specifically markets and supermarkets, hairdressers and barber shops.

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Masks are also compulsory on all public transport, including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries. 

Some provinces are enforcing masks at all times outside of the home, which include some of Turkey’s most popular tourist spots such as Bodrum, Marmaris and Istanbul. 

This includes on beaches, in parks and in restaurants.

However, while on hotel property holidaymakers are free to ditch the face-covering. 

Those caught without a mask can face a fine of up to 900 Turkish Lira (approximately £105).

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