The use of masks will be mandatory from this Thursday in closed spaces and on the street when a minimum distance of two meters cannot be guaranteed for those over six years old and recommended for children between 3 and 5 years old.


The Official State Gazette (BOE) publishes this Wednesday the order of the Ministry of Health that regulates the widespread use of masks on public roads, in outdoor spaces and in any closed place for public use or that is open to the public when the safety distance cannot be maintained.


People with any respiratory difficulty that may be aggravated by its use are exempt from this obligation, as well as for those who are contraindicated for health or disability reasons.


Neither will it be required in activities incompatible with its use, such as the intake of food and beverages, and in circumstances in which there is a cause of force majeure or a situation of need.


Regarding the types of masks to be used, the ministerial order indicates that they can be of any type, preferably hygienic and surgical, covering the nose and mouth.


The widespread use of masks to reduce community transmission of SARS-CoV2 is justified, according to Health, not only for its high transmissibility, but also for the ability that masks have shown to block the emission of infected drops, “very important when not it is possible to maintain the safety distance. “



The Ministry also stresses that it is necessary to follow a precautionary principle that allows continuing on the path of reducing cases of contagion of the disease, mainly when other measures such as vaccination are not available.