Starting from Tuesday February 7will no longer be mandatory to wear masks on public transport in Spain. This kind of measure has not been taken since last April, when some closed places left. But does this mean that we will no longer have to use them anywhere in the country?

This is a question that comes up very often in recent days. However, last Thursday, the Ministry of Health announced during the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System (NHSHC) that it will still be necessary to wear a mask in health centers and facilities, with three exceptions: optics, orthopedics and hearing aids salons. It will no longer be mandatory.

In addition, experts insist that even though masks are no longer mandatory on public transport, we should continue to wear them if we have respiratory symptoms. Not only there, but in any closed institution. After all, not everyone has COVID-19. This year, other respiratory diseasessuch as the flu and respiratory syncytial virus show up strongly, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

If you don’t have to wear masks on public transport, where is it still mandatory?

Places where a mask is still required hospitals and medical centersand specialized medical centers. These include, for example, dentists, assisted reproduction clinics or voluntary abortion centers.

It will also remain mandatory in pharmacies and social health centers like a nursing home. The latter includes both visitors and workers, provided they are in contact with residents. They, on the other hand, are not required to carry it.

Therefore, although it is no longer necessary to carry masks on public transport, are still retained at some points. We must not forget that lately World Health Organization decided to keep declaring the state of the COVID-19 pandemic. Logically, we are much better now, thanks to the high level of vaccination.

This is why Spain and other countries are refusing to few remaining containment measures. But we must be on the alert, because the disease has not left us. So it’s best to remember that just because a mask is no longer mandatory in certain places doesn’t mean it’s forbidden to wear it. If you are in doubt if there are possible symptoms, or if we are at risk or live with them, it is best to continue using it. In public transport and in any closed and poorly ventilated place.

Source: Hiper Textual

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