Increased controls and 100 euro fines for not non-compliance with the use of masks

Published on July 19, 2020
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Starting this weekend there will be more controls in the Canary Islands and the police will issue fines for not wearing a mask

Non-compliance with the use of the mask, mandatory in all open and closed spaces where the minimum interpersonal distance of 1.5 meters cannot be kept, carries a penalty of up to 100 euros.

The Government of the Canary Islands activates controls this weekend to guarantee the use of the mask as a fundamental measure of protection against COVID 19. Special vigilance will be carried out at recreational and festive gatherings such as bars, clubs, local parties, or celebrations in open spaces.

This deployment will be carried out by members of the Canary Police, Local Police and State Security Forces. Failure to use the mask carries a penalty of up to 100 euros.

From the Government, it is recalled that in the Canary Islands the use of the mask is already mandatory in closed spaces for public use and also in open spaces, provided that the minimum interpersonal distance of at least 1.5 meters cannot be kept, as it is included in the prevention recommendations established in the Government Agreement of June 19, 2020.

In spaces such as shopping malls, supermarkets, buses and taxis the mask is mandatory since it is not possible to guarantee the 1.5 meters safety distance.

Likewise, it is recalled that this physical protection measure against COVID-19 obligatorily affects all population over six years of age, except for situations excepted by Royal Decree-Law 21/2020, such as presenting some type of respiratory disease, disability or dependency and the exercise of individual sport outdoors, among others.

The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands calls on the responsibility of the population to protect themselves against Covid-19 and, therefore, protect the most vulnerable population, avoiding close contacts even between family members. 40% of outbreaks in Spain are caused by family gatherings where security measures are not respected.

The Government of the Canary Islands does not rule out having to adopt other more restrictive measures if the actual ones will be deemed as insufficient in the face of a change in the scenario of the pandemic in the Canary Islands.

Madrid and the Canary Islands are the only communities in Spain where the use of the mask is not mandatory absolutely everywhere in public spaces.

Remember that the rules and laws apply to all the Canary Islands in the archipelago: Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa.

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