Will the use of masks be stopped in Tenerife?
Yesterday afternoon, Thursday, the Council of Ministers in Madrid approved the decree-law to amend the use of masks outdoors in public as long as the required safety distance of 1.5 metres is maintained. Although there are some exceptions, the big question everyone is asking is “Will this be applied in Tenerife?”
Earlier in the week the Canary Islands Government said that they want to apply it at certain alert levels, but needed to see the “small print” of the decree before they could make a decision, and the Public Health Committee advised that masks should be maintained until 50% of the population have been fully vaccinated.
So what is the situation as of now, taking into account that the decree has been published in the Boletin Oficial de Estado (BOE)? The Canary Islands Government have confirmed that they will be investigating this further, as in the Boletin Oficial de Canarias (BOC) today, it says:
“It is proposed that on the island of Tenerife and in this epidemiological context, given the imminence of the announced decree on the exemption from the use of masks, it continues to be used as a measure that has proven to be useful to limit transmission of the virus between people."
The new ruling comes into effect at the same time tonight that Tenerife moves into Level 3, so if masks aren’t necessary for outdoor public spaces, please remember you MUST carry one with you, or you can be fined 100 euros, the same as the current fine for not wearing one or not wearing it properly.