The health ministry said the use of masks in all indoors areas will be mandatory from Thursday with those found not having one at risk of being fined €300.
According to the health ministry, all people over 12 need to wear masks while in indoors areas where more than one person is present.
The decree applies to:
All indoor spaces, apart from private residences
Mass transport vehicles
People delivering items
People in elevators
People working in construction sites who need to travel by car for work must do so with the use of disposable masks and as long as only two people are in each vehicle.
People in private homes
People who are actively drinking or eating
Restaurants but not take away places
Travel in private cars
Those doing sports in gyms, dance schools etc
Professional cooks but only while cooking.
Exempt are also people with special cognitive skills/mental/developmental disorders who cannot comply with mask application, people with severe neurological/neuromuscular diseases who are unable to wear the mask and people with anatomical maxillofacial variations/deformities and/or injury.
The measure will be in effect from Thursday with the issuance of a decree by the health minister. People failing to comply risk being fined €300.
The health ministry recalls that the maximum mask prices have been set by another decree issued last August.
According to the decree the maximum wholesale price for plain surgical masks is €0.62 each or €31 for 50 and €0.70 each for retail or €35 for 50.
It urges anyone noticing any violations to report it to the consumers’ hotline at 1429.