Face masks will become obligatory in all public areas across Andalucía from this Wednesday (15 July), the regional president, Juanma Moreno, confirmed on Monday.
The stricter regulation comes into force at 00.00 hours on Wednesday, and will be part of a package of new measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 to be discussed at the regional Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
The use of masks will be compulsory in all outdoor and indoor public spaces, said Moreno, calling for responsibility on the part of the general public to wear masks even when a social distance of a metre and a half can be maintained.
Penalties for not wearing a mask will be imposed, although details of these have not been specified.
Confirming Saturday's announcement that the measure would be applied this week, Moreno explained that the use of face masks "reduces the risk of Covid-19 contagion from person to person to 1%".
The aim of the measure is to prevent more local outbreaks of Covid- 19. Several are still active around the region, although Moreno said the majority were small and mainly within family units with few cases of infection.
The use of face coverings is currently regulated by the national government decree that makes masks compulsory wherever a distance of a metre and a half from other people is impossible to maintain.
The new Andalusian ruling would mean that masks must be worn in all public spaces, regardless of whether this distance can be observed.