SPAIN has lifted its rule mandating face masks indoors today, giving Brits a welcome holiday boost.
The Spanish government confirmed yesterday that the coercive rule will be dropped 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 today, wearing face masks is no longer required in covered spaces such as shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars, as well as gyms, theaters, 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.
Spain has joined 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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