Spain makes wearing face masks mandatory on beaches

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The Spanish government announced a new law that will require people to wear face masks outdoors at all times including on beaches, Reuters reported. The new law related to pandemic restrictions would apply to outdoor areas across the whole of Spain and include places like swimming pools and beaches. It would also apply even to areas that are not busy and where social distancing is not a problem.

“People from the age of six and older have the obligation to wear masks on public streets, in outdoor spaces and in any closed space that has a public use or is open to the public,” read the new law published in the Official State Gazette. Previously face masks were only obligatory in public and outdoor spaces when it was not possible to keep a distance of 1.5 metres or more between people. That was the rule spelled out in a decree last June and could be adapted by regional authorities, some of which scrapped the law for places like beaches. However under the new law the same rules will apply across the country and cannot be altered by regional governments. Under the law the masks can only be removed for individual exercise outdoors and by those with specific health conditions. The Covid-19 rate, which is measured over the preceding 14 days, rose to 149 cases per 100,000 people, Reuters reported.

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