Spain is expected to relax its face mask rules later this month, meaning UK travelers holidaying in Spain may not need them in indoor places like bars and restaurants
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Brits going on Spanish holidays this summer may not have to wear face masks indoors as the country looks set to give up its face mask rules reported in most public places from April 20th.
An official notice will be published by the Spanish government on April 19th and will come into force the following day.
Health Minister Carolina Darias made the announcement during the Inter-Territorial Health Council held in Toledo today.
She confirmed that the government will finally take a step forward to return to normal by decreeing the end of mask requirements in closed public places. The measure will be approved in the Council of Ministers on April 19 by a royal decree published in the official bulletin and coming into force 24 hours later.
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The decision was surrounded by controversy, particularly due to the impending arrival of Easter. Spanish regions like Madrid and Catalonia wanted the government to abandon the rule immediately, saying the mask is now “no longer an effective control measure”. Other areas, like Extremadura and Andalusia, asked for a few extra weeks before putting the masks aside.
The decree allows for some exceptions and recommends maintaining its use in certain contexts, conveying the message “use your common sense”.
It’s likely that large malls could advise customers to put on a mask during very busy times, and businesses could advise staff to wear them if a risk is perceived. Caution is also required in supermarkets and commercial establishments in general.
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The mask requirement also remains in place on public transport as well as in hospitals and nursing homes.
It is no longer mandatory in entertainment venues (cinemas, theatres, museums, concert halls, etc.) as well as in bars and restaurants.
The Spanish government has already scrapped the rule to wear masks outdoors, including on beaches, seafront promenades and near swimming pools, bringing relief to holidaymakers, including Brits.
Some regions in Spain have indicated they could defy the government and tell residents and tourists not to wear masks immediately and not wait until April 20.
There was some confusion this week over entry requirements for Brits traveling to Spain after authorities announced the country would be welcoming back unvaccinated travelers who could show a negative Covid test result – only to drive back hours later.
However, hours after the statement was released, an update followed in which the Spanish Tourist Board confirmed the current rules remain in effect and that one document had been misinterpreted, sparking the confusion.
Pedro Medina, deputy director of Spain’s Tourist Board in the UK, said: “We apologize unreservedly for the miscommunication earlier today which was due to a misunderstanding of the new entry requirements.”
Under current entry requirements – which also apply to the Canary and Balearic Islands – anyone aged 12 and over can visit Spain for tourism purposes if they are either fully vaccinated against Covid or can show proof of recent recovery from Covid.
(It’s worth noting that you must have completed your first vaccination course within 270 days of arrival to be considered fully vaccinated, or you will need a booster shot.)
Unvaccinated teens aged 12 to 17 can visit, but only if they can provide a negative PCR test within 72 hours of travel and are traveling with vaccinated adults.
Meanwhile, all travelers aged 12 and over must also fill out a pre-travel form and receive a QR code to show at border control.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/travel/europe/spain-set-ditch-face-mask-26655142 Spain will lift face mask rules later this month, including bars and restaurants