More European countries are introducing strict rules on face masks amid growing concerns of a second wave.
Greece has made it compulsory for masks to be worn in all shops, offices and banks from today, having already introduced the requirement in supermarkets and public transport 10 days ago. Churches remain exempt.
It comes as the country, which has one of the lowest coronavirus infection rates in Europe, reported a “small flare-up” of Covid-19 infections in the second half of the month, according to Reuters.
Romania has also announced that face masks will be mandatory outdoors at certain times and in places prone to overcrowding, as more than 1,000 new cases have been recorded daily over the past week.
Elsewhere, Spain’s laws mean that in some regions, face coverings must be worn in all public settings, inside and out, with €100 fines for those who breach the rules; Turkey has similar requirements.
Scandinavian countries including Sweden and Norway are among the few in Europe where face masks are not compulsory in most situations.