SPAIN looks set to scrap mandatory face masks – but it won’t be in time for the Easter holidays.
An official notice will be published by the Spanish government on April 19 and will come into effect by royal decree the following day.
Spain already abandoned the human requirement in February wear face masks outside, also on the beaches, on the promenade and in swimming pools.
However, they are still mandatory in closed public spaces such as restaurants, bars, cinemas and theaters.
But today Health Secretary Carolina Darias confirmed face masks will no longer be required in indoor public places from April 20, giving Brits a boost as they head on holiday.
Masks are still compulsory on public transport, in hospitals and nursing homes.
Some Spanish regions including Madrid and Cataloniaare frustrated that the rule will not be changed in time for the Easter holidays, which are expected to be a busy time for tourism in the country.
While other areas like Andalucia and Extremadura fear the rule will be lifted any time soon.
And while they won’t be mandatory, face masks will likely still be encouraged.
Ms Darias said the decree would advise people to “use their common sense” when deciding whether or not to wear a face mask.
The Spanish Tourist Board came under fire yesterday after they falsely announced unvaccinated Britons could travel to the country.
The board had to do an about-face and said unvaccinated travelers will not be allowed to enter unless they can show it proof of recovery within the last 180 days.
Angry Brits beat the Tourist Office after seeing the update and booking holidays which they are now unable to take.
Vaccinated Britons can visit Spain without having to be tested or quarantined Unvaccinated youth between the ages of 12 and 17 can participate by presenting a negative Covid test. Proof of recovery will be accepted even if not vaccinated.
In other Spanish news, there was an Easter Bank Holiday warning due to violent storms sweeping the country.
Beach bar owners have said their Easter hopes have been dashed after the damage caused by storms in recent weeks caused severe damage to the buildings.
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