Face masks still to be mandatory after Spain’s state of emergency ends

Face masks still to be mandatory after Spain's state of emergency ends
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Spain’s government has announced that all people over the age of six will have to continue wearing face masks in public after June 21st or face fines of up to €100 for not doing so.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez told journalists on Saturday that everyone in Spain over the age of six will have to wear face masks in public places “as long as it is not possible to maintain the safety distance” of 1.5 to 2 metres.

The measure will continue to apply to public transport users, with the exception of those who have breathing problems or other health conditions that make wearing a face mask a risk to their wellbeing.

The draft decree for Spain’s “new normality”, set to be approved on Tuesday June 9th after deliberation with the country’s autonomous regions, includes a clause which proposes fines of up to €100 to anyone caught not wearing a face mask in enclosed public spaces and on public transport.

The decree leaves open the possibility of regional authorities regulating face mask usage in open air spaces.

The decree will also include measures to guarantee the supply of medication against Covid-19 and will encourage autonomous regions to “guarantee a minimum response from primary and hospital care” in anticipation of a possible outbreak.  

Spain recorded 102 more Covid-19 infections and one death from Covid-19 on Sunday, with almost half of all new cases in Madrid and four autonomous communities not registering any new infections.

According to data from Spain's Health Ministry, there were 2,053 new cases in the last seven days and 72 Covid-19 deaths.

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