Sunday 20th June 2021 – ÁLVARO MONFORT with Mike Smith
Next Thursday 24th June, the Council of Ministers are set to approve the end of the mandatory wearing of face masks in public spaces. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced the proposal on Friday which, if approved this week, will mean that this weekend will have been the last that this protective measure against the spread of COVID-19 will be obligatory.
The decision has been taken in response to the good rhythm of the vaccination campaign, which Sánchez declared had reached “cruising speed” as well as the gradual reduction of the spread of the infection in most of the country’s autonomous regions. In addition, several social groups have made their voice heard over the withdrawal of the requirement to wear masks in the open air.
At the closing session of the Círculo de Economía in Barcelona, Sánchez declared that Spanish society was approaching a “dry normality”, adding that the country’s economy – hit so hard by the health crisis – will “recover in a fair and lasting way”.
Subject to Congress approval on Thursday, citizens will not be required to wear face masks as long as a minimum safety distance of 1.5 metres can be maintained with people who are not part of the usual “social bubble”, a measure that Health Minister Carolina Darias explained has remained in force since day one.
For the proposal to be approved, the Spanish Government must issue a royal decree-law that invalidates the regulations currently in force and that will need the support of Congress within a working period of thirty days after its non-use has been approved.