July 14, 2024

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Masks in public transport: until what date is the measure valid, what fines are imposed

Wearing a mask on public transport is still mandatory. Otherwise, the passenger, as well as the driver, will be fined.

The obligation to wear a mask on public transport has again been extended, according to an official statement published a few days ago in the Government Gazette. Validity of the joint ministerial decision “On urgent measures to protect public health from the risk of further spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the country from 06:00 on Monday, January 30, 2023 until Monday, February 13, 2023, at 06:00 extended from its expiration date until 06:00 on Monday 27 February 2023.

It means that The obligation to wear a mask on public transport remains until at least February 27and her non-use will result in a fine. in case of verification by the competent authorities. Passengers should be aware that the use of a high respiratory protection mask (FFP2, N95 or KN95) or alternatively a double mask (surgical and cloth) is mandatory:

a) In public transport: buses (operated by OASA AE and OASTH AE), urban transport buses (fixed vehicles operated by STASY AE), railway trains and cable cars.

b) In public passenger vehicles of any category (such as taxis, special hired taxis).

In the event of a check, a public transport passenger who does not wear a mask, is punishable by a fine of 300 euroswhile in public transport (taxi) the driver of the vehicle is subject to a fine of 150 euros. Recall that since the beginning of last summer, masks are not mandatory in most indoor areas.

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