Rethink on compulsory face mask ruling for Mallorca and Ibiza

CHANGES: The Balearic regional Health minister announced the exceptions to the obligatory face mask requirement have been increased CREDIT: Govern Illes Balears Twitter @goib

THE Balearic government has had a rethink on the compulsory face mask ruling for Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera, which came into force on Monday.

Regional Health minister Patricia Gomez announced today that the requirement applies to less situations than originally announced and the fine for failing to comply with the regulation has been reduced to up to a maximum of €100.
What’s more, the financial penalties for not wearing a face mask will not now be applied until July 20.
The regional administration decided last week to make wearing a face mask obligatory in all public places for everyone aged six or over whether social distancing was possible or not, with a flat €100 fine for not doing so. The exceptions were on the beach, at swimming pools, at bars, cafes and restaurants while eating and drinking and while doing sport.
The move was a response to an increase in outbreaks of Covid-19 on the archipelago and on the Spanish mainland.
In the end though the regional government decided that the compulsory face mask order applies to the street, shops, enclosed areas for public use or for serving the public, and outdoors in populated zones.

CREDIT: Govern Illes Balears Twitter @goib

It does not apply to beaches, swimming pools, promenades, workplaces or outdoor areas away from populated areas where social distancing of at least 1.5 metres is possible.
Nor does it apply to doing sport, “situations of eating and drinking”, to under-16s when doing leisure activities with a “stable group” they share a home with when playing a wind instrument or for “justified health reasons.”

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