MADRID – Carrying masks in narrow urban spaces

Spaniards will have to wear masks on public transport, in closed spaces, on city streets, and particularly in narrow urban spaces, if a minimum safety distance of two metres between citizens can’t be guaranteed. From Wednesday (20 May), the use of masks will be mandatory, Health Minister Salvador Illa announced on Tuesday.

This was the result of an agreement reached between the progressive coalition government (socialists of the PSOE and left-wing Unidas Podemos/United We Can) and liberal-centrists of Ciudadanos (Citizens), EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.

The agreement also paves the way for the approval today in the parliament of an extension (the fifth since 14 March) of the state of alarm for another fifteen days.

According to government sources, during this fresh extension of the state of alarm, the executive will discuss new plans to allow an orderly exit from this extraordinary situation and manage the pandemic with different legal instruments.

Meanwhile, Spain’s downward trend of new cases and deaths linked to COVID-19 victims continued on Tuesday (19 May). (

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