Coronavirus – Goodbye to masks (sort of)

The rules on face masks have been relaxed – but only in certain situations.

From today, 26 June, it is no longer mandatory to wear a face mask outdoors where social distancing of 1.5 metres is observed. However, face mask use remains mandatory for anyone over the age of six in the following circumstances:

In any enclosed space open to the public (e.g. shops, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, commercial centres etc.)
In any indoor space where people who are not from the same household mix
In any outdoor space where it is not possible to observe social distancing of 1.5m (e.g. crowded streets, concerts, public demonstrations etc.)
On all forms of public transport including planes, trains, trams, buses and metro, as well as all transport stations, platforms and airports.


In addition specific rules on the use of face masks may vary between regions. Those with respiratory problems or those unable to wear a mask due to other health conditions or disabilities are exempt from this rule.

The Council of Ministers approved the change in the law regarding the wearing of masks after an extraordinary meeting held at the Moncloa on Thursday.

Health Minister Carolina Darias outlined the new rules, stating that masks will no longer be compulsory outdoors where social distancing of 1.5 metres can be maintained, or where people are seated.

Photo by Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

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