SPAIN will drop its rule mandating face masks indoors from tomorrow.
The Spanish government confirmed at noon today that the coercive rule will be dropped on April 20 – 700 days after it was introduced.
The original order was placed on May 20, 2020, during the first alarm condition caused by the corona pandemic.
From tomorrow it will no longer be necessary to wear face masks in covered spaces such as shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars, as well as gyms, theatres, cinemas or concerts.
It will continue to be needed on all public transport, on airplanes, in health services of all kinds and in pharmacies.
Health Secretary Carolina Darias said the decision was made possible because of a “very high immunization coverage rate” of 92 percent in people over the age of 12 and a decrease in the severity of the disease.
The use of a mask is moving from an obligation to a personal option for every citizen, who must assess whether they want to wear it based on their own Degree of susceptibility to the virusthe places they go and the precautions they want to take.
The Department of Health says people need to “use responsibly” the protections, with a focus on those most vulnerable to severe illness from Covid – people over 60, pregnant women and immunocompromised patients.
Health chiefs continue to recommend that people cover their mouths in small or poorly ventilated indoor spaces where crowds occur, especially if they spend a lot of time inside.
Public transport could be next to do away with the mask, but there are experts who advocate keeping them in health centers forever, at least during the winter.
When the rule comes into effect on April 20, Spain will join the majority of EU countries where the mask is no longer mandatory in most indoor spaces.
Italy and Portugal continue to require face masks in a number of indoor spaces.
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