Wear a Mask or Get Out! Expats on the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca Hit Back and Defend Spain’s New Law Regarding Mandatory Masks

Photo of Teresa Ribera at the Cepsa plant in Tenerife. Credit: [email protected]

The newest law introduced by Spanish authorities about having to wear a mask under certain circumstances has had some mixed reactions amongst the expat community on Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca.

IN response to an earlier article, Euro Weekly News readers have defended Spain’s decision to make this protective measure mandatory.

The article basically recalls different expats’ views on the new law about having to wear a mask, however, in response to this article expats have shown a different attitude and defended both Spain’s decision and their reputation as an overseas community.

A string of comments has arisen in defence of Spain’s new rules and shunning the behaviour of British expats in a foreign country.

EWN Dave has commented that this is “sadly” just another case of the “me-me-me attitude” which has ultimately “caused Covid-19 to run rampant throughout communities.” He turns the situation on its head and says that had these expats who refuse to wear a mask “been affected by the virus or had lost loved ones or families due to the disease… they would have a different attitude.”

Andrew Bunson also had a say on the matter and firmly stated that if expats “don’t like the rules here in Spain” they “can go somewhere else” and reminded people that they are not “immune to either the law or Covid-19.”

Another reader, under the username Rock Dinasour had an interesting take on the situation saying these kind of reactions “explains why some Brit expats are treated as second class citizens.” He carries on by saying some have a “shallow focus on fags and beers” and that they had “no issue moving to Spain” no doubt for this same reason “cheap fags and beer” but “feel like they do not need to abide by the laws.”

Edith Schawarz simply stated, “go back to England” and that people should “comply with the rules of the country” they “have chosen to live in or go.”

David Jackson shared this view and said “if they don’t like it simply leave… problem solved.”

Russel Ramsden defended the British community by saying it’s not only this demographic who chooses not to wear a mask as yesterday he read and saw “pictures of Spanish locals falling around in the street drunk with no masks or care for others” and “don’t paint everyone with the same brush.”


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Laura Kemp

Originally from UK, Laura is based in Axarquia and is a writer for the Euro Weekly News covering news and features. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]


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