Masks Will Be Compulsory from Thursday

Canary Islands

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

The Official State Gazette (BOE) will publish this on Wednesday.

People with any respiratory difficulty that may be aggravated by its use are exempt from this obligation, as well as 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 the Health Department, for the ability that the masks have demonstrated 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 to continue on the path of reducing the cases of contagion of the disease, mainly when other measures such as vaccination are not available. However, it has warned that the virus has not yet expired. "We must continue to act with caution, prudence and security . There is still an increase in cases, "concluded the minister.

Total Cases on The Canary Islands: 20:00 19/05/20

Confirmed: 2,300

Deaths: 155

Recoveries: 1,626