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.

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.

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.

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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