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Italy: Mixed reactions as Sutri mayor outlaws use of face masks03:41

Italy: Mixed reactions as Sutri mayor outlaws use of face masks

Italy, Sutri
August 31, 2020 at 23:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

Residents of Sutri on Monday had mixed reactions after the Mayor of the Italian town Vittorio Sgarbi introduced a ban prohibiting locals from wearing face masks amid an ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The art critic and mayor issued an order which prevents Sutri's 6,000 residents from wearing a mask. This excluded the time between six o'clock in the morning to six o'clock in the evening in gatherings when masks are allowed. Wearing a mask outside the specified timeslot could be met with fines.

One local Franco said, "We wear the mask, we follow the government rules. We wear them at six o'clock, we are all covered. Sgarbi said not to wear them, but we can't follow Sgarbi although they are making us pay fines."

"It seems a little absurd. The virus won't disappear past six o'clock. I don't feel safe to get around without the mask among some other people who don't wear masks past six o'clock," said another local Silva.

Sgarbi referred to a law introduced in the 1970s which prevented people from walking the streets with a helmet, mask or otherwise disguised. The law says a person's face must always be recognisable.

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Residents of Sutri on Monday had mixed reactions after the Mayor of the Italian town Vittorio Sgarbi introduced a ban prohibiting locals from wearing face masks amid an ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The art critic and mayor issued an order which prevents Sutri's 6,000 residents from wearing a mask. This excluded the time between six o'clock in the morning to six o'clock in the evening in gatherings when masks are allowed. Wearing a mask outside the specified timeslot could be met with fines.

One local Franco said, "We wear the mask, we follow the government rules. We wear them at six o'clock, we are all covered. Sgarbi said not to wear them, but we can't follow Sgarbi although they are making us pay fines."

"It seems a little absurd. The virus won't disappear past six o'clock. I don't feel safe to get around without the mask among some other people who don't wear masks past six o'clock," said another local Silva.

Sgarbi referred to a law introduced in the 1970s which prevented people from walking the streets with a helmet, mask or otherwise disguised. The law says a person's face must always be recognisable.