Facemask furore in the Valencian Community

Facemask furore
MONICA OLTRA: Facemasks currently the only coronavirus vaccine Photo credit: GVA.es

THE argument about wearing facemasks has been settled in the Valencian Community.

Like it or not, neither residents nor visitors have a choice because wearing them is obligatory until further notice.

As temperatures soar, wearing a facemask is an ordeal for the fit and healthy and although asthmatics are excused, this is a Catch 22 situation as they are the most likely to end up in the ICU if they contract Covid-19.


Valencia’s health authorities have at least announced that they need not be worn on the beach, at swimming pools or in open countryside when social distancing can be guaranteed.

Those questioning their effectiveness were silenced soon after the Valencia Region’s Health chief Ana Barcelo announced the decision to impose masks whether or not social distancing is viable.

“Facemasks are the only Covid-19 vaccine at present,” declared the regional government’s vice-president Monica Oltra afterwads..

And until that vaccine arrives, they are our sole protection.

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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