As of Saturday (26 June), the use of face masks in outdoor spaces won’t be mandatory in Spain, provided people maintain a distance of 1.5 meters, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
The measure was announced last week by Spain’s socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and will enter into force in a matter of hours. “Our streets and our faces will, in the coming days, recover their normal features,” he said last Friday.
Some 50% of the Spanish population have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 15 million people are fully immunised, Spanish health sources said on Thursday (24 June), EFE reported.
On Thursday, Sánchez, who was attending the first session of an EU summit in Brussels, warned about the risks of a fourth COVID-19 wave, and asked the population not to lower their guard, EFE reported.
Face masks were made obligatory in all public spaces in Spain after the country entered a strict lockdown in March 2020. However, 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 in 2020, shortly after Italy. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been more than three million infections and 80,600 COVID-related deaths in Spain.
[Edited by Zoran Radosavljevic]