No more mandatory masks in public transport in Spain from February 8th

Published on January 26, 2023
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Spain's Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, announced this Thursday that the Council of Ministers will approve the end of the mandatory use of masks on public transport on February 7th.

Face masks will still continue to be mandatory when going to health centers, including clinics of all kinds and pharmacies.

“We have a very stable epidemiological situation. Based on the proposal that the Alert Report has already made, I will submit the proposal to the next Council of Ministers on February 7”, said the minister.

The experts advising the Spanish Government have now decided to make this recommendation after verifying that neither the Christmas holidays nor the end of the "Covid Zero" policy in China have caused a spike in infections and hospitalizations in Spain.

The mandatory use of masks in public transport was established almost three years ago, on May 4th, 2020, during the first wave of the pandemic.

Although Carolina Darias has not detailed when the measure will enter into force once it is approved by the Council of Ministers, it's usual for Government's agreements to come into force on the next day, when they'll be published in the Official State Gazette (BOE), so this would mean that the measure will start to be applied from February 8th.

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