Coronavirus Update: Spain makes wearing face masks mandatory

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Coronavirus Update: Spain makes wearing face masks mandatory
Coronavirus Update: Spain makes wearing face masks mandatory

Wearing masks in public will remain mandatory in Spain after the country’s state of emergency ends on 21 June until a cure or vaccine for the coronavirus is found, the country’s health minister, Salvador Illa has said.

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Spaniards must continue to wear masks indoors and outdoors if they cannot guarantee a 1.5 metre distance from other people as part of a decree to govern conditions after the lockdown is lifted, Illa told a news conference.

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The obligation to wear masks will remain until “we definitively defeat the virus, which will be when we have an efficient therapy or an effective vaccine,” Mr Illa said.

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Three weeks ago, Spain made masks mandatory in all public spaces where adequate social distancing cannot be maintained. The rule applies to everybody over the age of six.

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