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note still mandatory indoors

The masks outside will no longer be compulsory from next June 26, the Saturday of next week, provided that the minimum interpersonal distance of one meter and a half is saved. After several weeks in which Fernando Simón announced that the measure was close, Pedro Sánchez has decided this Friday to give the good news himself, during his participation in the closing of the XXXVI meeting of the Círculo de Economía.

First, the Prime Minister has shown his “optimism” about the economic recovery, because Spain, he said, is going to “exceed all forecasts” in the short term. “And since we are talking about optimism, I would like to make an important announcement: the Council of Ministers will meet in an extraordinary way next Thursday and will propose that outdoor masks cease to be mandatory as of June 26,” he explained.

“Our faces will regain their normal appearance in the next few days . With this we will return to enjoy a life on the street without a mask (…). We are going to do it because we are meeting all the milestones that we have set for ourselves in the face of the pandemic. Therefore, this will be the last weekend with an outdoor mask, ”said Sánchez.

It is an initiative that a good part of the autonomies had been demanding for weeks, in light of the decline in infections and especially the dizzying pace of the vaccination campaign in recent weeks. Around 50% of Spaniards have already received at least one dose. There are many countries that have taken this step in recent times: France, the United Kingdom, Poland and the United States, among others. Now Spain is joining .

Effectiveness in question
The effectiveness of the mask outdoors to deal with the coronavirus is questioned by numerous scientific studies, since infections are extremely rare outdoors, unlike indoors, where the garment will continue to be mandatory.

At the beginning of the year, a team of scientists drew the following hypothesis in Milan: in the northern Italian city, 10% of its nearly 1.5 million inhabitants are infected. In a situation as serious as this, never experienced anywhere during the pandemic, the researchers used mathematical models and concluded that the subject in question would have to spend more than 31 days in a row on public roads, exposing himself continuously without his mouth and nose covered, to contract the pathogen.