Millions of Spaniards, including children over the age of SIX, ordered to wear masks from Thursday
The Spanish government is making everyone from the age of SIX wear masks as a compulsory measure against the spread of coronavirus from tomorrow.
They must be used on the street, outdoors and
within closed public spaces where a distance of two metres cannot be maintained
Minister of Health, Salvador Illa said
children under six are excluded from the use of the mask from Thursday but its
use is “recommended” for children aged between three and five years.
Exceptions also include people with some type
of respiratory distress that may be aggravated by the use of a mask and people
in whom the use of a mask is not recommended for justified health
Likewise, “those who, due to their
disability or dependency situation, present behavioral changes that make their
use unfeasible shall not be obliged to use them”.
Masks can be taken off if their use is not
compatible with various activities such as eating and drinking.
The Spanish Executive said the widespread use
of masks by the general population to reduce community transmission of Covid-19
is justified “not only for its high transmission but also for the capacity that
masks have demonstrated to blocking the emission of infected drops, very
important when it is not possible to maintain the safety distance.”
The wearing of masks on public transport was
already compulsory under a previous order.
The Spanish government is just extending the
country’s State of Emergency by two weeks until June 7th, not the four weeks as
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez had originally wanted.
Spain’s death toll from coronavirus currently
stands at 27,778 but the daily increase has been showing a downward trend, with
under 100 new deaths for several days now.
The masks that are currently recommended for
use by the public are the so-called hygienic masks or surgical ones.
The official order published by the government
today says: “The widespread use of masks by the general population to
reduce community transmission of SARS-CoV2 is justified not only by its high
transmission but also by the ability of masks to block the emission of infected
drops, very important when it is not possible to keep the safety
“Likewise, it is necessary to follow a
precautionary principle that allows us to continue on the path of reducing
cases of contagion of the disease in our country, especially when other
measures such as vaccination are not available.”
The order says the measures will remain in
force throughout Spain’s State of Emergency and any extensions thereafter.