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FACEMASKS WILL BE MANDATORY FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE

javeamigos.com | FACEMASKS WILL BE MANDATORY FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE

It will be mandatory to wear facemasks in public for the foreseeable future after the Spanish Cabinet approved a new Royal Decree on urgent measures, containment and co-ordination to face the health crisis caused by COVID-19. Health Minister Salvador Illa announced that this decree will remain in place until the Spanish Government declares that the epidemic is under control or that there is an effective treatment or vaccine against the coronavirus.

Royal Decree 21/2020, published in BOE-A-2020-5895, states that facemasks will have to be worn in public spaces, whether they be open or closed, by everyone aged 6 years and above where it is not possible to guarantee an interpersonal distance of 1.5 metres (Royal Decree 21/2020 Chapter II Article 6) and there will be fines of up to 100 euros for people who don't wear them (Royal Decree 21/2020 Chapter VII Article 31 Section 1).

The Royal Decree states that facemasks also have to be worn on air, sea, bus and rail transport as well as public and private transport in vehicles up to nine seats (including the driver) unless all the occupants of the private vehicle live together. (Royal Decree 21/2020 Chapter II Article 6 Section 1.b). The obligation won't be enforced for people who have an illness or respiratory difficulty that could be aggravated by the use of a face mask as well as those whose situation doesn't allow them to remove the mask themselves or have behavioural changes that would make its use unfeasible  (Royal Decree 21/2020 Chapter II Article 6 Section 2). Masks don't have to be worn during individual outdoor sport exercise or when the very nature of the activity doesn't make it feasible.

Article 7 of the Royal Decree sets out the measures required in the workplace, including proper ventilation, cleaning and disinfection procedures, hand cleaning facilities made available (gel, disinfectants or soap and water), the guarantee of an interpersonal safety distance of 1.5 metres and, if not, the provision of the appropriate PPE for the level of risk as well as the organisation of shifts and common places to avoid the gathering of both workers and clients.

With regards to the hospitality sector, Article 13 states that measures must be adopted to reduce the risk of crowds both inside and outside the premises and to guarantee an interpersonal safety distance of 1.5 metres, taking the appropriate hygiene measures when this is not possible.

Government spokesperson María Jesús Montero said: "Every one of us is key in this pandemic. We cannot let our guard down. Until we have a vaccine, we have to maintain the precautions. We cannot act lightly, thinking that everything is over and we are safe."

Ciudadanos spokesperson Edmundo Bal explained his group's support for the approval of the Royal Decree: "We have participated in the creation of this royal decree with the intention of improving it. We have established that its goal must also be to prevent future outbreaks, social distancing of 1.5 meters, we wanted to encourage home working, and for the criteria of the regions to be taken into account to that there are no privileges when it comes to restarting sports competitions.” The Government won the support of the Ciudadanos by accepting a reduction of the interpersonal safe distance from 2 metres to 1.5 metres, an important factor for the hospitality sector in particular since it will allow an increase in permitted capacity.

The full text of the Royal Decree can be read here.

Source: Royal Decree 21/2020, reference BOE-A-2020-5895
Date: Wednesday 10th June 2020


 

 

 

 


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