4 Feb, 2022 @ 11:44
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UPDATE: Spain to ditch outdoor face mask rule from February 10

Pedro Sanchez announces that compulsory outdoor mask-wearing will end in Spain on June 26
June 14, 2021, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez pictured at the arrivals' moment at the start of a head of states summit of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) military alliance, Monday 14 June 2021, in Brussels. (Credit Image: © Frederic Sierakowski/Belga via ZUMA Press)

THE Spanish government will lift the requirement for people to wear masks outdoors, Health Minister Carolina Darias said on Friday in an unexpected U-turn.

The measure was extended earlier this week after being reinstated in late December to curb the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

The lifting of the requirement is set to be approved in the weekly cabinet meeting scheduled for Tuesday and will come into force from Thursday February 10, Darias told La SER radio station.

The government “always said it would last only while it was strictly necessary,” she said.

Spain’s COVID-19’s contagion rate has dropped significantly over the last two weeks.

The latest data showed the 14-day rate at 2,421 cases per 100,000  down from almost 3,400 in early January.

Facemasks will still be compulsory in indoor public spaces and outdoors in crowds when social distancing of 1.5metres between people cannot be guaranteed.


Fiona Govan

Fiona Govan joined The Olive Press in March 2021. She moved to Spain in 2006 to be The Daily Telegraph’s Madrid correspondent and then worked for six years as Editor of The Local Spain. She lives in Madrid’s Malasaña district with her dog Rufus.

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