Masking the problem

Masking the problem
FRANCESC COLOMER: Speaking a tourism seminar last month Photo credit:

THE central government’s decree that masks must be worn on the beach, even when swimming, will almost certainly be reviewed.

Every region dependent on sun-and-sand tourism questioned the move, including the Valencian Community.

Ana Barcelo, the regional government’s Health chief, announced that she will raise the issue at the next Inter-territorial meeting.


Meanwhile, Francesc Colomer who heads the Valencia region’s Tourism department, hinted discreetly that he did not back the ruling.

“We have always respected what the Health authority decides at all times,” he replied carefully when asked for an opinion.

He then went on to call for “common sense” when looking for ways to co-exist with the virus “in the best possible manner.”

Precisely because of this, Colomer added, he backed the sector’s request for Spain’s beaches to remain – as far as possible – “spaces where people can enjoy themselves without facemasks.”

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Linda Hall
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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