Masks will no longer be required on public transport, though they will remain necessary in healthcare establishments and services, and for workers and visitors attending healthcare and social care facilities.
Minister for Health, Carolina Darias, announced this week that, on 7 February, she will submit “the proposal to remove the obligation to wear masks on public transport”, to the Council of Ministers taking into account the current epidemiological situation regarding COVID-19, as well as reports from experts and scientific societies.
Will masks still have to be worn in pharmacies and health centres?
Yes. Mandatory use of face masks will remain for health care establishments and services, and in social care and healthcare facilities for those who work there and for visitors.
When will face masks no longer be compulsory on public transport?
According to statements by the Minister for Health, the end of the obligation to wear face masks on public transport will be approved by the Council of Ministers on Tuesday 7 February.
Ahead of time, this week, Carolina Darias will convene the Inter-territorial Council of the National Health System (CISNS) to coordinate measures with the regional governments and autonomous cities, taking into account reports from the Public Health Commission’s Alerts and Preparedness and Response Plans Committee.
The Minister reiterated that all the decisions adopted in the different phases of the pandemic have been agreed during the CISNS and thanked all the administrations, experts and scientific societies, health professionals and the public for their efforts and work.