Masks off: Romanian president says face coverings no longer compulsory outdoors from May 15

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It will no longer be compulsory to wear masks in most public places from Saturday, President Klaus Iohannis said.

The president said that masks would still need to be worn in crowded outdoor markets and fairs, but otherwise would no longer be mandatory.

Romania made masks compulsory indoors and in outdoor public places a year ago as the pandemic spread through Romania

Thursday’s announcement came after a drop in new cases fell in recent weeks.

He made the announcement after a meeting at Cotroceni Palace with ministers.

“There has been too much suffering in Romania and I am sorry for everyone who suffered,” he said. “We have to remember the medics, medical staff_ they were our heroes. We owe them thanks.”

Masks will still be compulsory indoors.

Romania’s government is hoping to lift most pandemic restrictions once 5 million people have been vaccinated.

Prime Minister Florin Citu said this week that a ban on weddings, baptisms and private parties would likely be lifted on June 1.


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