That Masked Man (or Woman) isn’t the Lone Ranger it’s You or Me for the Immediate Future!

Image of Francisco Javier Garcia Lara. Credit: @fuengirola

ON Wednesday of this week (June 10), a new law will be passed in Spain which declares that until a vaccine is found to fight Covid-19, everyone (except those who have medical reasons) over a certain age will have to wear a face mask even after the state of alarm is lifted.

It’s very simple and applied everywhere that you cannot keep a 1.5 metre distance from another person who you don’t live with.

There are exceptions for those who have medical problems, although for an UK expat who doesn’t speak Spanish, unless you write the word ASMA on your forehead or carry a little card that says ‘thank you for your observation but I can’t breathe with a mask due to a problem with my lungs’ it could become potentially dangerous.

People are very quick to make assumptions, so do be careful if you decide that you can’t wear a mask.

If you go into a bar or a restaurant then it is acceptable to leave your mask off but if you are male with a moustache and visit the barber, don’t even think about asking for a trim!

There will be other less obvious intrusions upon your way of life in the New Spain but the aim, we are told, is to try to keep the number of people catching the virus as low as possible before a real working vaccine is found.

It is a new way of life, but the important word is Life – enjoy it as thousands have lost theirs.

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John Smith

Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Share your story with us by emailing [email protected], by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page


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