The Government’s decision to eliminate outdoor masks has sparked criticism from the autonomous communities led by the People’s Party because, although they share the measure, they disagree with the “ups and downs”, “lurches” and sudden changes in criteria that the Executive has given on this issue.
After the decree law that forced them to be carried was validated three days ago, this Friday Health has announced that next week they will no longer be necessary. The Minister of Health, Caroline Darias, has confirmed that next Tuesday the Government will eliminate the mandatory use of masks outdoors after this matter is debated on Monday within the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System.
In this context, four autonomies governed by the PP have come out to criticize the “swing” of the Government regarding the repeal three days after its validation in Congress.
Thus, the Community of Madrid has criticized the lack of “rigor” of the Government with the mask. The president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, He has opined that the Government is “dizzying” the population: “First the covid passport in some places yes and in others, no; the mask was important and then not, and it has not contained the sixth wave. It is also being demonstrated, that in outdoor spaces it is not necessary, only if the place is very crowded”, he argued.
From Andalusia they denounce the “unilaterality” of the decisions
Added to these criticisms was the president of Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernandez Manueco, who has assured after this announcement from the Government that Pedro Sánchez “he only succeeds when he corrects”.
Also the president of Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, has lamented “the feeling of swing and insecurity” of the Government in the management of the pandemic “constantly” although it has welcomed the measure of removing the mandatory mask abroad. “We would save ourselves a lot of sterile discussions if the Ministry accepted that when a proposal is based on clinical criteria we should not reject it only because of who makes it,” he commented.
Similarly, the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, He has made the “jogs” of the Executive ugly and has accused him of not having listened before to a scientific and technical committee, which guides the administrations, or to the autonomous communities, which are the ones with the powers.
Likewise, the counselor of the Presidency and spokesman for the Andalusian Government, Elías Bendodo, has censored the announcement this Friday one-sidedly this measure without having taken into account the autonomous communities to make the decision.
The socialist communities applaud the measure
On the contrary, the Balearic Islands, Aragon and the Valencian Community, three governed by the PSOE, have come out in defense of the Government and have described this new rule as “correct”.
This has been communicated by the president of Aragón, Javier Lambán, who has indicated that “I have nothing against the removal of masks abroad, just the opposite. If a measure is taken, it will be very successful and will have all my support.
Along these same lines, the president of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol, who has shared the Government’s decision arguing that infections are falling “significantly”.
In the Valencian Community this announcement has also been applauded and understands the Government’s decision, since, in the words of President Ximo Puig, “the rules have to be adapted depending on the virulence of the pandemic and, at the moment we are clearly on the decline”, he stated, at the same time that he appealed for prudence.
Extremadura and Cantabria ask for caution
At another point, Extremadura and Cantabria have been more cautious after the announcement. For his part, the Cantabrian president, Miguel Angel Revilla, does not know if removing the masks is good or not and has assured that he will continue to wear it voluntarily.
“Let’s not fall into the feeling that since they tell us that we no longer have to wear a mask outdoors, this is controlled,” he concluded.
Likewise, the spokesman for the Junta de Extremadura, Juan Antonio González, has asserted that the regional government will continue to be “cautious” before the announcement and, in any case, wants these decisions to be based on scientific reports and “have the maximum consensus of the autonomous communities”.