Wednesday, February 21

Darias announces that the measure of mandatory masks will soon be “modulated”

The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, assured this Tuesday in the Congress of Deputies that the measure that established the mandatory use of masks outdoors “is closer to being modulated” due to the positive evolution of the pandemic. Darias has made this reflection precisely during the debate for the validation of the royal decree that regulated the use of these masks abroad and that will foreseeably go ahead by the minimum in the Lower House at the end of the session.

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During his speech, Darias recalled that the mask “is a strictly temporary measure” and that it was requested by “all” the autonomous communities. “We are on the right track, day by day we continue to drop in accumulated incidence. Every day we are closer. We have bent the curve”, assured the minister.

Darias has also assured that the mask “is one of the measures that has had the greatest impact in controlling the transmission” of COVID-19, which has exerted a “barrier effect”.

The decree defended by Darias established the mandatory use of masks for people six years of age and older in any closed or outdoor space for public use or that is open to the public, as well as in public means of transport.

The text also made exceptions to this obligation, such as during the practice of individual sports or activities abroad, provided that a minimum distance of 1.5 meters is maintained with other people who do not live together. Likewise, it also established that people who present some type of illness or respiratory difficulty that may be aggravated by the use of the mask are obliged to wear a mask.

Update of pensions

The decree has been highly criticized by opposition groups because it has included the update based on the CPI of non-contributory, widowhood or minimum pensions, among others, through “a single payment.”

For all these reasons, the PP, in the mouth of Ana Pastor, has refused to validate the decree because “it would be as much as endorsing that Spain does not have today, two years after the start of the pandemic, does not have an effective strategy.”

The inclusion of the section on pensions has also caused parliamentary partners of the Government not to oppose the validation of the decree despite being against the use of masks outdoors. ERC plans to abstain, as does EH Bildu, while the Government will foreseeably have the support of the PNV, in addition to those of United We Can and the PSOE. In addition to the PP, they will vote against Vox and Ciudadanos.