Spain is set to lift the mandatory use of face masks in outdoor spaces in Spain on 26 June, with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez telling an economics forum in Barcelona that his government will formalise the rule change in a cabinet meeting. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
“With the vaccination drive going at the rhythm it has for several months […] and as the economy goes up, evidently, if you will permit this play on words, the masks will progressively go down,” Sanchez said, adding that “our streets and our faces will, in the coming days, recover their normal features.”
Face masks were made obligatory in all public spaces after the country entered a strict lockdown in March 2020. Masks will continue to be compulsory for indoor spaces such as shops and restaurants.
Spain was one of the first European countries to register a devastating first wave of COVID-19, shortly after Italy. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been more than 3 million infections and 80,600 COVID-related deaths in Spain.
A recent fourth wave of the virus flattened out sooner than predicted.
Almost 50% of the population has had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while nearly a third of the population is fully vaccinated.
[Edited by Daniel Eck]