The BOE publishes the Law of 'new normality' with extended rules for use of masks
The Official State Gazette (BOE) has published the Draft Law on urgent prevention, containment and coordination measures to face the health crisis caused by Covid-19 today (Tuesday), known as the 'new normal' law, which was approved on March 18th in the Congress of Deputies.
Among the measures in the document, which will come into effect tomorrow and will remain until the end of the health pandemic, is the continuation of the obligation for people, from the age of six, to wear a mask on public streets, in all outdoor spaces, and in any closed space for public use or that is open to the public, even if the safety distance of 1.5 metres is maintained, which includes whilst sunbathing on the beach or by a pool.
However, like now, the mask will not be required for people who present some genuine type of illness or respiratory difficulty that may be aggravated by the use of the mask or who, due to their situation of disability or dependency, do not have the ability to remove the mask, or they have behavioural problems that make their use unviable.
“It will not be required either in the case of individual outdoor sport, or in cases of force majeure or need or when, due to the very nature of the activities, the use of the mask is incompatible, in accordance with the indications from the health authorities”, says the document.
The use of masks when eating and drinking in hospitality venues depends on the alert Level a region is in. This means that in the BOE, it states that in alert Levels 1 and 2 you may sit at a table without a mask on, but at alert Levels 3 and 4 you should wear your mask all the time except when actually eating or drinking.
Use of masks is also extended on beaches and by pools when not in the water even if in your socially distanced space 1.5 metres from others, it should be worn, and like in bars and restaurants when walking around. It is important to recognise that these rules apply to everyone whether residents or tourists, and in the case of hospitality, they are liable to instruct clients to wear them.