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New rules for masks on beaches of Canary Islands 

The government of the  Canary Islands has introduced new rules which govern the wearing of masks on or near the beaches.The Canaries had been one of the few places in Spain not to enforce the regulation but this changed on Friday when a new raft of rules was introduced to try and curb new outbreaks of coronavirus on the islands.Masks have to be worn when accessing or walking along the beaches and the coasts but not if sitting still in one spot or when in the water.

The archipelago added more than 100 coronavirus infections on Friday for the second consecutive day.  This is the highest number of positives since the peak of the epidemic curve was reached in the last week of March but the difference is that around 800 coronavirus tests are being carried out daily.It is now mandatory for everyone over six years to wear a mask, on public roads, in outdoor spaces and in any closed place, or that is open to the public, regardless of the maintenance of the interpersonal safety distance of 1.5 meters. In the hotel and catering establishments and services, including bars and cafeterias, masks have to be worn except when physically eating or drinking. “The owners of the establishments, spaces and premises must guarantee compliance,” said a government spokesman.

The Canary government is also warning that masks must be worn in the proper way. They must cover the nose and mouth completely at all times and go under the chin to make sure no droplets are released into the air.