Within China, the virus is pretty much under control, so mask mandates and restrictions have started to relax in recent months. At one point, masks were required pretty much everywhere, but now there are loosened restrictions, especially with outdoor events. People still have to wear a mask when there are public gatherings or in areas where ventilation is not the best. Of course, masks are still required in the regions that are experiencing outbreaks or in hospitals. Densely populated areas like malls, office buildings, and restaurants require a mask if you cannot stay at least a meter away from other people.
Although there is no legal mask mandate covering the entire country, there are strong recommendations to wear a mask in public. Compared to other countries, vaccinations are slow to roll out to the public. For the most part, people have followed the government's recommendations, and many private businesses require masks for customers. Because many locations are allowed to determine their own mandates on masks, some outbreaks have occurred. Osaka, which has not required a mask mandate, experienced a severe outbreak and a spike in cases recently.
While it seemed like Germany had much of the virus under control, new mask mandates and restrictions tightened in January 2021. Now, face coverings or masks are required at all shops, offices, and hairdressers. Cloth masks are no longer acceptable, and people must wear medical-grade masks. Indoor locations like public transportation require a mask, and people can be fined for failing to follow the rules. Although masks are not needed outdoors when you can social distance yourself, the masks are required in areas where people are congregating or in proximity to one another.
Masks are required in public areas throughout the country. Public areas include offices, city centers, public transportation, shops, and while riding in taxies. This rule applies to people who are not vaccinated and those who are fully vaccinated. The country will implement a fine for those who fail to comply with the laws. Although the French authorities strongly recommend wearing a mask indoors, there is no way to enforce mask-wearing in private homes.
Wearing a mask both indoors and outside is mandated in Italy. However, as the vaccination rate increases, many citizens are asking if outdoor masks are necessary. Many people comply with the new mask laws, and it is incredibly rare to see a person walking without a mask throughout major city centers like Milan or Rome.
Throughout the entire pandemic, South Korea has mandated mask-wearing at all times. Now that the vaccines are rolling out to the public, masks are still largely required regardless of vaccination status. There are a few exceptions to wearing a mask, such as when eating or drinking, and most of the time, masks are not required when outdoors as long as you can distance yourself socially.