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Mandatory masks, can you be fined for not wearing one on the street?

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Mandatory masks, can you be fined for not wearing one on the street?

Mandatory masks have once again been enforced throughout Spain since last Friday, December 24. Regardless of the physical safety distance, and with the exception of various situations, you are obliged to wear one.

After the extraordinary Council of Ministers meeting was held, the new Royal Decree-Law was approved. As a result, urgent measures for the prevention and containment of the current coronavirus health crisis have been adopted.

Just a few months after its use had been eliminated, we find ourselves in the middle of another explosion of daily infections, thanks to the latest Omicron strain.

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“It is a temporary measure, which will be in force for the essential time until the current epidemiological situation improves”, they said from La Moncloa, in Madrid. A whole narrative surrounds the use of facemasks, and the controversy about whether they are effective or not.

It will be mandatory to wear a mask on the street at all times, except in the following cases: as long as the safety distance of 1.5 metres is maintained; when practicing individual sports; in natural spaces, and during activities of a non-sporting nature.

Masks will continue to be mandatory, “in closed spaces for public use; in closed spaces open to the public; in public transportation of any kind, as well as a complimentary private one with up to 9 seats, if the occupants do not coexist in the same address”.


In the case of non-compliance with these regulations, the competent authorities may issue a fine of up to €100, as it is considered a light sanction within the General Public Health Law, as reported by 20minutos.es.

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Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sung and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and he has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.

4 COMMENTS

  1. The first paragraph is misleading – it says we have to wear them regardless of social distance. Meanwhile, the actual rule as you quote it reads “except in the following cases: as long as the safety distance of 1.5 metres is maintained; when practicing individual sports; in natural spaces, and during activities of a non-sporting nature.”

    • This is all part of the loose translation/interpretation between Spanish and English which is so often open to confusion. All European governments are guilty of confusing the population by what appears to be muddled thinking. It is easier for them if everyone stays locked up and seldom ventures out but continue to pay their taxes.

  2. Masks dont stop transmission and can cause a multitude of medical problems including lack of oxygen, increase in CO2 in the lungs and lung infections. It is my understanding that anyone can refuse to wear one on medical grounds without having to provide any documentation

  3. Masks are their to mitigate any fluids coughed up which could be a problem in closed spaces. That said Masks are their to show people follow the rules only. True virulant viruses would spread through the population without exception, they cannot be contained by Government guidlines and exceptions for others. I would advice the use of Natural cotton masks which are breathable and have been used for decades, If you require a true mask to stop any virus try the Military virus masks. Remember Covid has a 99.8% recovery rate for your information.

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