Spain made official on Tuesday the wearing of the compulsory mask throughout its territory, even when a safety distance of 1.5 meters can be respected on public roads, a measure that does not change much, except perhaps to the beach.
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“It is important for citizens to know that we have not reached a phase of relaxation, and we cannot in any way allow ourselves to be reckless,” government spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero said during the meeting. a press conference.
Since May 2020, the mask is mandatory, to fight against the COVID-19 epidemic, in transport, closed spaces and, until now, on public roads when it was not possible to maintain the distance from two-meter security.
But this last precision was withdrawn in the last version of the text of the “new normal”, as Spain calls it since the spring of 2020.
The mask in Spain is compulsory at school from the age of six, as well as on a bicycle.
Only people playing sports can remove their mask, but only when the regional authorities allow them to do so. Thus, amateur athletes must sometimes train masked, according to the regulations imposed in their region, competent in health matters.
The rule, already applied in Spain, will officially come into force on Wednesday, after its publication in the official bulletin.
Spain challenges regional law that made vaccination compulsory
Spain will oppose a law in its region of Galicia which required its inhabitants to be vaccinated against COVID-19, believing that it violates fundamental freedoms, announced the spokeswoman for the central government on Tuesday.
The executive will “file an unconstitutionality appeal” against a law in this region of northwestern Spain which provides for fines of up to 3,000 euros for the unjustified refusal to be vaccinated, announced the spokesperson for the government, Maria Jesus Montero, at a press conference.
In Spain, vaccination is not compulsory, as in most European countries, but Galicia was an exception with this obligation introduced at the end of February.
For Madrid, this text introduces “limitations of fundamental rights” which can only be modified “within the framework of a national law” justified the socialist minister.
This appeal lodged with the Constitutional Court will annul the article of law promulgated by the conservative government of Galicia, said Maria Jesus Montero and the court will have three months to ratify or lift this decision.
“What an idea of co-governance! “, Blasted Tuesday on Twitter the president of the region, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, member of the Popular Party, who regrets a decision taken” without opening negotiations “.