By Cathy Elelman • 09 July 2020 • 9:18
OBLIGATORY: Having to wear a face mask even where social distancing is possible could become compulsory on the islands
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WEARING a face mask at all times even where social distancing is possible could be compulsory in Spain’s Balearic Islands from this weekend onwards, according to the Diario de Mallorca newspaper.
The paper reports that the Balearic government is planning to tighten up face mask requirements for Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera in the face of an increase in outbreaks of Covid-19 and in the number of illegal parties and boozy gatherings of youngsters in public places on the islands.
According to the paper, the regional administration is currently finalising the decree to modify the regulations, and the measure could come into force on either Saturday or Sunday following publication in the Balearic Island Official Bulletin.
As it stands, the obligatory use of face masks for both tourists and residents in the archipelago applies only for enclosed areas and public spaces where a minimum social distance of 1.5 metres cannot be guaranteed.
The report also says it is not clear whether the Balearic government would make it compulsory to wear face masks on beaches or on bar terraces.
The Catalonia region has already made it obligatory to wear face mask protection, apart from when doing sport or on the beach.
The measure comes into force today Thursday. Violations of the regulation carry a €100 fine.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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