Wednesday, May 18

Illa accuses the Government of “breaking unity” by advancing the end of masks in schools by 24 hours


The leader of the PSC, Salvador Illa, has charged the Minister of Health of the Generalitat, Josep Maria Argimon, for advancing the end of masks in schools one day compared to the rest of Spain, a measure in his opinion “facing the gallery”, which does not have a “solid legal basis” and which “breaks the unity” between autonomies. “What specific problem does advancing 24 hours solve the withdrawal of the mandatory use of the mask for a group? It’s a mistake. I am angry? No, I am disappointed, which is worse”, the former Minister of Health has sentenced in statements to Efe.

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The Generalitat plans to publish a resolution to make the use of masks in schools more flexible on the night of April 18 to 19, with the aim that the measure is in force when Catalan students return to classes after the summer holidays. Easter, one day before the mask is no longer mandatory in the rest of Spain in all interiors, which is scheduled for the 20th.

For Illa, this measure makes no sense and “undermines a consensus reached between the State and the autonomous communities,” according to technical criteria. The one who was Minister of Health in the hardest moments of the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020, has reproached the Government for endangering the unity that has served to face the pandemic until now.

Beyond the formal question, the head of the opposition in Catalonia has accused the Generalitat of “introducing a principle of doubt” about the measures taken by adopting a resolution for which it has no powers. “The legal competence to make this decision does not have Mr. Argimon, as far as I know. I will study the resolution in depth, the competence lies with the Ministry of Health and the Government of Spain ”, he has indicated. And he has insisted: “What does it cost to do things well?”



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