The mask is once again mandatory, except for individual sports and in natural areas




The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has not clarified until when the use of the mask in the street will be mandatory, although she added that the measure will be in force “until the epidemiological situation improves.”


Outdoor mask.  Image: EITB Media

The mask is again mandatory from this Friday, December 24 abroad, Unless we practice individual sports or we are in the field or on the beach and we maintain a safety distance of 1.5 meters.

The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has indicated that the mandatory nature of the mask abroad will be a temporary measure, “until the epidemiological situation improves “.

“We know that masks protect from the spread of aerosols,” said the minister, who recalled that the use of this protection measure was “relaxed” in June 2021, but new data on the spread of the virus have led to Spanish government to retake it.

Darias recalled that, “despite infections on the rise, we are not in the same situation as last Christmas, but it is important not to lower our guard and continue with vaccines, masks and prevention.”

According to the Minister of Health, “the Government empathizes with the wishes of the citizens and understands the sacrifices of this time, but it is important that we continue to take care of ourselves.” For this reason, he has called the caution in these moments of encounter with our loved ones.


Refering to vaccination, Darias has stressed that the goal is to reach 80% of those over 60 with a booster vaccine before the end of 2021, 80% of those over 50 in the week of January 24, and 70% of children with February 7th.

The Council of Ministers has also approved that public and private health centers may hire retired healthcare professionals and early retirees during the next year to carry out assistance activities related to covid-19.

“They are very important measures to reinforce human resources to contribute and help the Autonomous Communities, and especially health professionals in their daily work,” the minister stressed.

These measures were agreed yesterday at the Conference of Presidents and were supported by the “practical unanimity” of the autonomous communities, as defended by Darias, who has insisted that “they come to increase and add new professional resources.”

The minister has justified the approval of these measures because the omicron variant It is causing overload of care in Primary Care. “The Government’s efforts are focused on continuing to strengthen the backbone of the National Health System,” he stated.


Follow the recommendationss in the face of coronavirus from the health authorities. If you live in the CAV and have symptoms, call your usual health center. The Health Council will also attend to people on the phone 900 20 30 50, offering information and solving doubts about the coronavirus. If you live in Navarra, call the Health Council telephone number: 948 290 290. Remember that the most effective way to prevent the spread of covid-19 is to use a mask, ventilate spaces, keep a safe distance, and wash hands.

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