Will Canaries be next for mandatory mask rules?
Holiday hotspots in Spain, including the Costa del Sol and the Balearics, have enforced the use of face masks and the Canary Islands could be next.President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres said it will be the health experts and the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic on the islands that determine whether the use of the mask will be mandatory in the archipelago.
“If we have to go one step further, we will do it,” he said. “We make drastic decisions at the time and we will make them again without any doubt if the circumstances so require.”
However, he stressed that the Canaries weren’t in the same position as other venues which were suffering new outbreaks of coronavirus.”Between one and three infections a day are occurring in the Canary Islands and the outbreaks are due to the arrival of migrants with Covid-19 but they are cases with very little influence,” said Sr. Torres.The use of the mandatory mask will be adopted by the Governing Council “when there are reports that prove its need” and he appealed to individual responsibility to prevent new outbreaks.
In the Canaries, it is mandatory to wear a mask on all public transport and it is strongly advised if social distancing cannot be achieved.In the Balearics and Andalusia, which includes the Costa del Sol, people will be fined up to 100 euros for breaching the mask ruless.