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Spain mandates mask use on beaches and pools – ZAP

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In Spain, the use of a mask becomes mandatory in all public spaces, including on beaches and swimming pools, according to a new legislation published this Tuesday in the Official Gazette of the State.

This Tuesday, a new legislation was published in the Official Gazette of the State that determines the mandatory use of masks in any public space, regardless of the distance that may exist.

Until now, state regulations have required the use of outdoor masks only when the distance between people is less than five feet.

O The vanguard advances that one of the practical effects of the new regulation will be the mandatory use of masks in beaches and pools, something that has been an exception in some autonomous communities since the first state of emergency was lifted in June 2020.

From now on, the autonomous regions will not be able to make exceptions the use of the individual protection mask.

The Spanish Government justifies the application of this new law with the “current crisis situation arising from the pandemic” and with “the unpredictable nature and evolution of the same (…), which advise the immediate alteration of the precepts foreseen in the legislation in force to face to this type of situation ”.

The rule imposes the use of masks to people over 6 years of age “on public roads, in outdoor spaces and in any closed space for public use or open to the public”.

Exempt obligatory are respiratory patients; those who, due to a disability, are unable to remove their mask; and those with behavioral changes that make its use unfeasible.

In addition, “it will not be required (the mask) either in cases of individual sport abroad, or in cases of force majeure or need situation or when, due to the nature of the activities, the use of the mask is incompatible, according to the instructions of the health authorities ”, reads in the decree, quoted by the Spanish daily.

The new legislation also determines that the unitary sale of surgical masks that are not individually packaged can only be carried out in pharmacies.

Liliana Malainho Liliana Malainho, ZAP //

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