Mask Wearing when Visiting Spain
Since the latter half of 2019, from the first outbreak of the Corona Virus, the virus has turned into a form of terror among people from almost every corner of the world. The arrival of the virus has seen millions of people die all over the world and innumerable number lives being destroyed. The pandemic has left a mark on everyone’s mind that they won’t be able to remove soon. One such mark left by the corona virus is the face mask which everyone needs to wear to protect them from being infected by the virus and to stop the spread of the virus from one person to another.
Situation in Spain
The virus arrived in Spain by the end of January 2020 and has recorded almost 2 and a half million cases to date with almost 70,000 people losing the battle against the virus. The situation now has come under a lot of control with the government making strict rules and restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus. The most important part of this battle against the virus has been the developments in the medical facilities and the sheer hard work of the medical staff to work day in day out to bring out people from the clutches of the virus.
With the development of the vaccine, almost all people above 70 have been vaccinated with both doses against the coronavirus. More than 30 million people have been vaccinated completely with both doses among the whole population of Spain which is more than 60% of the total population of Spain. As of the current situation, the government of Spain on 26th July had scraped off the rule of people wearing face masks with certain rules and regulations that need to be followed by the people. The government has already mentioned where people can take off their masks and where people need to wear the mask, the places and the regulations are given as follows:
- Indoor facilities: People are required to wear their face masks inside any public indoor facilities such as cinemas, shopping malls, museums, and libraries.
- Public transportation: People need to wear a face mask whenever inside a mode of public transport. The only exception is when the medium of transport is open, like on the orlop of the boat but the people can open their mask only if they can maintain a significant distance away from each other. The significant distance is usually more than 1.5metre.
- Busy outdoor areas: According to the new regulations people are not needed to wear a face mask outside, but in spaces that are busy like in a shopping street where people can’t maintain a 1.5metre distance, people need to wear their masks. People are allowed to not wear their masks where they can keep a significant distance from others.
- Beaches: People don’t have to usually wear their face masks at the beach but if the beach gets crowded and the people are not able to maintain a 1.5metre distance then it becomes a necessity for the people to wear their masks.
- Events: People do need to wear their masks whenever they are at any big event outdoors, such as during any festival or concerts, where it becomes practically impossible for the people to maintain the significant distance required. The football stadiums have allowed audiences after more than a year with a capacity of 40% of the total population that can be allowed inside the stadium. Even though the people are allowed to enter the stadium to watch their favorite teams play, but the people need to wear a mask to stay at the stadium and enjoy the football. Tight restrictions have been imposed inside the stadium to make the wearing of the mask a compulsory practice as the consumption of any kind of food, drink or tobacco has been completely prohibited.
- Schools: The new academic year might start from September and decisions are being made regarding the opening of the schools. Even if the schools open, the wearing of a face mask will be made mandatory for all the students who are above 6 years as most of the population of students are unvaccinated and only a part of the students have been vaccinated with the first dose of the vaccine.
- Other locations where people are allowed with a mask: A handful of places are present in Spain where the people don’t need to wear their masks indoors. People are not required to wear a mask inside a care home and any other institution where 80% of the total population of the area are completely vaccinated. Although the people visiting these places don’t need to wear their masks, but the staff still need to wear their face masks.
Different Restrictions in Some Regions
The mask rules are the same everywhere around Spain, but certain regions have adapted to the rules differ according to on the fear of the coronavirus of the particular region. Andalusia has the highest rate of incidence in Spain and hence the practice of wearing face masks when going outside is highly recommended even after the new mask rule all over the country. Also in Asturias, the wearing of face masks is recommended in most situations as the number the cases are comparatively higher than in most of the other regions. The government has recommended even though it is not compulsory to wear the mask everywhere but the people are required to always carry a face mask and use that according to the situation where ever required.
Consequences for not following the new rules for face masks: The police can impose a fine of €100 if the people don’t use a face mask in places outdoors where there is a presence of a large crowd or gathering and the people are unable to maintain a significant distance with each other.
The condition of the people against the covid 19 viruses in Spain has become a lot better almost 2/3rd of the population has been vaccinated against the virus. The people are allowed to go around outside without a face mask but are needed to wear a face mask wherever it is impossible to keep a significant distance from other people.