The autonomous communities rule out the mandatory use of masks indoors

Most of the autonomous communities have ruled out the mandatory use of masks indoors, despite the increase in the number of cases and hospitalizations for covid-19. However, the Ministry of Health He recalled that the measure remains in force in hospitals, health centers, public transport and pharmacies.

Data for the week of June 27 shows that the rate of hospitalizations has grown at 11.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 9.6 the previous week. In the case of those over 80 years of age, this figure is 96.2 cases, compared to 89.3 in the previous week.

The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has attributed these data to the spread of the variants of omicron Ba.4 and Ba.5, which have greater transmissibility but are less serious. In this sense, Darias has appealed to “the culture of care and responsible use of masks”, especially in older people.

Given the increase in infections, the Jregion of Andalusia has recommended the use of masks in situations where there may be crowds, as pointed out by the Minister of Health and Families, Jesus Aguirre. Thus, the acting president of the Board, Juanma Moreno, has rejected “to impose“the use of masks in any space, beyond those already mandatory.

Darias has appealed to “the culture of care and responsible use of masks”

The head of Health in Aragon, Sira Repolles, has also ruled out adopting exceptional measures. Even so, the counselor has warned about the need to exercise extreme caution in the use of masks to protect vulnerable people, in addition to the isolation of those who test positive.

The president of Castilla-La Mancha, Emiliano García-Page, likewise, has rejected taking more restrictive measures because it is not a recommendation of the experts. His counterpart in Galicia, Alfonso Rueda, He has recalled that, although it is not mandatory, the mask must be understood as a preventive measure.

From the Valencian Country, the employers’ association of residences has asked the Department of Health review the current protocol to recover the use of masks for residents. The College of Pharmacists of the region, similarly, has highlighted the need to “change the chip” and reuse the mask indoors, in addition to situations in which the safety distance of 1.5 meters cannot be guaranteed.

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