Spain relaxes indoor mask mandate
After 700 days of a nationwide indoor mask mandate, Spain has again taken a step towards normality by making indoor masking mandatory, not required.
This, of course, does not extend to public transport, such as buses or planes, although it now extends to airports, bus stations and train stations, as well as hospitals and nursing homes. .
According to Associated pressthe end of the indoor mask mandate was announced on Tuesday, April 19 and came into effect on Wednesday, April 20. Although the country has reported a 92% vaccination rate for all people over the age of 12, many, according to AP, could be seen wearing their masks in major cities like Barcelona.
“The mask has undoubtedly been one of the most identifiable measures of the past two years and it will no longer be mandatory,” Health Minister Carolina Darias said on Tuesday. “They will continue to be with us as an element of protection, especially for the most vulnerable.”
It comes as the country has just finished celebrating its Holy Week celebrations after two years without them due to the pandemic. The week-long, and sometimes even week-long, celebrations are considered one of the biggest holidays in the country. One city in particular, Valencia, celebrated its Holy Week for the first time in three years, marking what the country hopes will be a turning point towards the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Spain was the first country in the European Union in late March to end testing and quarantine requirements for people suspected of having COVID-19; although travelers must still provide proof of vaccination to enter Spain, they are no longer required to test unless they are children over the age of twelve and have not been vaccinated.
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