It’s official. The mask is no longer mandatory in outdoor spaces. The Council of Ministers approved this Thursday the measure that implies that it is not necessary to use the mouth and nose protector after almost a year in which its use was essential in all aspects. A decision that has some nuances, so there is no absolute freedom to do without it when you are outdoors. To begin with, it should be used when walking through streets where there is not enough distance between people passing through them. But it will not be necessary when walking with friends. Duality occurs in events such as concerts. If you attend one in which you have to stand, you will have to use it. In the event that there are seats, attendees will be exempted from having to carry it.
What is allowed outdoors has nothing to do with what will happen indoors. In all these areas, the obligation to use the mask is maintained. This should be the case when entering a business of any kind, a supermarket, health centers, hospitals, etc. So before accessing them you will have to put it on. The same will happen when you intend to use means of public transport, such as buses or the subway. In airplanes and ships the rule is similar, with the only exception that in ships it may be dispensed with when on deck and if there is sufficient distance between passengers.
As explained by the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, in the press conference after the extraordinary meeting of the Government, the recommendation is to always wear a mask on top. The reason for removing it is that there may be certain crowds in some areas or there is the circumstance that a citizen intends to enter somewhere or use public transport. What the health official has ruled out is that there are autonomous communities that are going to toughen these criteria to make their use outdoors more flexible. The rules will be included in a Royal Decree, by which all territories should be governed “in a uniform manner”, Darias pointed out.
That rule that will appear published in the BOE will imply the modification of the uses of the mask abroad that were included in the decree of the new normal, which dates from June 2020. Therefore, there is the possibility that the Forces and Bodies State Security authorities can fine those who do not comply with the new framework. That is, if it is not carried in crowded places, it can lead to a sanction for the offender. For this reason, the Minister of Health has insisted that it is advisable to carry it with you in any situation that requires its use.
This firm decision, which was approved by both the Public Health Commission and the Interterritorial Health Council, comes at a time when the incidence of cases has been stagnant for several days. At the same time, as the days go by, fewer infections are registered and fewer deaths are recorded. To this must be added the evolution of the Delta variant, which according to Darias “for now” is not hitting Spain hard. For this reason, it has not wanted to link a possible increase in cases linked to this new form of the virus to the possibility of reversing the measures that make the use of masks more flexible.
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