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Sports: COVID-19. Spain suppresses the obligation of the port of the indoor mask from April 20

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Dans deux semaines, en Espagne, le port du masque ne sera plus obligatoire en intérieur, sauf dans les hôpitaux, les maisons de retraite et les transports en commun. Photo d’illustration. © Getty Images / iStockphoto in two weeks, in Spain, the wearing of the mask will no longer be compulsory indoors, except in hospitals, the retirement homes and public transport. Photo Stock Illustration.

The port of the mask, intended to fight against the propagation of coronavirus, will no longer be mandatory inside in Spain from April 20th. According to the government, however, it will be necessary to continue to comply with this barrier measurement in hospitals, retirement homes and public transport.

The Spanish Government announced this Wednesday, April 6, 2022 the end of the interior mask from April 20, except in transport, hospitals and retirement homes.

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"We will present, at the Council of Ministers of April 19, a decree under which the mask will no longer be mandatory inside" and which will come into force after its "Publication in the Official Journal on April 20" , Told Minister of Health Carolina Darias after a meeting of regional health leaders in Toledo (Center).

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One of the last restrictions in effect

It will be necessary to continue to wear the mask in health centers, hospitals, retirement homes And public transport, she said.

Since the record increase in OMICRON variant infections in January, the number of cases has decreased sharply and positive coronavirus patients represent only 3.5% of hospital capabilities.

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while the mask is already more mandatory inside in many countries, the Spanish government preferred waiting for the Holy Week (April 10 to 17) during which the Spaniards find themselves with the family, before End the obligation to wear it.

The port of the mask inside was one of the last restrictions still in force in Spain, a country traumatized by the first wave of the pandemic in the spring of 2020 when he had decreed one of the strictest confines in the world. .

Tests and Quarantine

This measure has always been very respected. Spain has even been one of the few countries to restore its outdoor port just before Christmas to cope with the overlooking of the Omicron Variant. The obligation to wear the mask outside was finally lifted in early February . But a large number of Spaniards still choose to use in crowded locations. "A recommendation to wear masks responsibly will be issued when there are gatherings" , said the Minister of Health on Wednesday.

Madrid had already deleted last week the quarantine obligation for light cases of COVID-19 as part of a new strategy to treat it as an endemic disease to epidemiological monitoring comparable to that of influenza.

The government has also put an end to systematic tests for all suspected cases or contact cases to limit them to people at risk (over 60, immunocompromised or pregnant women), caregivers and serious cases.

Spain has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, with 92.5% of more than 12 years entirely vaccinated. In this country, which recorded 102,541 deaths from COVID-19, the subject has not aroused debate in the population.

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