When and where will masks be mandatory after Easter?

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When and where will masks be mandatory after Easter?
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After almost two years and as a general rule, masks will no longer be mandatory in Spain after Easter. This Wednesday the Health Minister, Carolina Darius, made the announcement at the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System. This is what is known about the new standard.

When will this be applicable?

Will approve the amendment of the Council of Ministers Current rules that require wearing of masks in public places on Tuesday 19th April. As announced by the Minister, it will come into force the next day, Wednesday 20, when it is published in the Official State Gazette.

Where are masks still mandatory?

Masks will remain mandatory in public transport, health centers (except for those admitted, if they are without visitors in their rooms) and social health (residence).

Will users of residences have to wear masks?

No, this is supposed to be their home, so they won’t have to be brought in, but workers and visitors will come.

Will we still have to wear it to work?

The law does not oblige as a general rule, but they must dictate the business risk prevention services of each company.

What do I do if I have symptoms of COVID?

People with mild COVID symptoms who are under the age of 60 and are healthy, no longer need to be isolated. But they will have to continue wearing the mask for 10 days after the first symptoms of the disease appear.

At what time would it be recommended, even if it was not mandatory?

Health continues to recommend “responsible use of masks”, especially for vulnerable people (over 60 years of age, pregnant women, immunosuppressed patients…), provided that a safety distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained Is. The Spanish Society of Epidemiology (SEE) has issued a note asking that masks be maintained in these situations. “And there are other measures that are forgotten, such as ventilation or avoidance of crowds in closed spaces,” he says.

Will students have to wear masks in class?

No, in fact, health technicians and the community, in their recommendations, explicitly state that they withdraw. This was something the Spanish Society of Pediatrics had been demanding for weeks. A recent study in Catalonia showed that there was no major difference in transmission in classrooms of children under the age of six, in which masks are not mandatory, and in the elderly, where it is.

Which other countries have taken this measure?

In most EU countries, the mask was no longer mandatory indoors (with a few exceptions, such as public transport and health and social health centres). Of the larger surrounding countries, only Italy and Portugal maintain it.

Is this a decision backed by technicians?

half. The Alert Report, made up of health technicians and autonomous communities, produced a draft that included the basic measures that have now been announced. But it was not the last. This body met only once to discuss the issue and plan to go ahead. Sources in the report indicated to EL PAÍS that they wanted to address the fringes such as regulating work centers, but the minister approved the document, despite the fact that the body had not voted on it. Supposedly.

What do public health experts think?

There is no consensus. Some believe that it was time, even that it has been delayed. Others see it as too hasty. SEE shows your reservation. He believes that the decision is not given by epidemiological data, as it is announced two weeks before its application, and demands that the reasons for the move be well explained. “The use of masks indoors is a very coveted measure, and very visible, and removing it also sends the message that there is no longer a need for a remedy. It should be remembered that the new surveillance strategy is based on the need to focus protection on vulnerable people and for it to be effective, it is necessary that certain measures be taken in the areas where these people live, live and work. Huh. Part of its success lies in the fact that those who are not vulnerable protect those who follow their behavior and these minimum measures”, the society explains.

When will the mask be completely phased out?

Health emphasizes on taking progressive steps. Unlike other countries, such as the United Kingdom, which have lifted restrictions all at once, Spain has done so gradually. The Ministry of Health has yet to rule on the following milestone for the complete elimination of masks.

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