THE GROUP of experts that advises the Spanish Ministry of Health has agreed that the time has finally come for face masks to cease to be mandatory on planes, buses, trains and subways in the country.

Experts made the decision after Christmas on the basis of the positive Covid-19 situation in the country’s hospitals and intensive care units (ICUs), sources from the group told the Spanish online newspaper. voicepopuli.

The advisory group did not expect the pandemic to have such a minor effect during the winter, and flu cases have not been a major concern either, the same sources told the newspaper.

However, they recommended waiting to see if the china opening – which is currently experiencing a large increase in coronavirus infections – would have some effect on the behavior of the virus. This period will end next week.

Speaking on Wednesday, Health Minister Carolina Darias echoed these views, saying “soon, soon, soon” they would be scrapped. She also said that her continued use in pharmacies in the country is being “studied”, in statements collected by the Europa Press news agency.

Madrid Spain 04 01 2021 The Minister of Health Salvador Illa
Minister of Health Carolina Darias. Photo: Pool/dani Duch/Juan Carlos Rojas/Picture Alliance

Spain is one of the last countries in Europe that still has such measures against the coronavirus in force, along with Germany.

representatives of the the travel industry has been pushing against the continued requirement that passengers on the nation’s transportation systems continue to wear face coverings.

In December, the Spanish Airlines Association said it was ‘inexplicable’ that the government would maintain the need to wear masks, noting that Spanish airline passengers must wear the covers at all times when flying to or from an airport in Spain. , but it is only necessary to take them when flying over Spanish airspace if you fly with a foreign airline.

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