Albanian Government Orders the Mandatory Use of Masks Outdoors

TIRANA, Albania — Fearing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases with the winter and flu ahead, the Albanian government has ordered the mandatory use of masks outdoors starting Thursday.

The rules, which likely run until February, also impose a 3,000 lek ($28) fine on those who flout the law. Mask use has been mandatory indoors, too. Only homes, restaurants and cafes will be where people are allowed not to wear a mask.

Albania, with 2.8 million people, had 203 new confirmed virus cases on Wednesday.


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