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Spain has no plans to lift the face mask requirement yet - not even for the fully vaccinated

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  • This is something that has already being done in Israel, the US and Gibraltar

The Spanish Government has no intention of lifting its mandatory wearing of face masks for the time being - not even for those people who already have the complete vaccine schedule, something that has already being done in Israel, the United States and Gibraltar.

The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, speaking this Wednesday (28 April) said the situation in Spain still does not allow this mask-free scenario to be considered.

"The percentage of immunisation that we have is still low; it would not be until later when such an issue could be addressed," the minister said when questioned about the face mask policy in the United States.

With almost half of the Americans vaccinated with at least one dose, those who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear a mask in public unless it is a mass event such as concert or sporting event.

In Spain, the government has always linked the possibility of removing the face mask requirement to the target of 70 per cent of the population being vaccinated, something that is expected by the end of August if there are no problems in the vaccination campaign.

Minister Darias said, "The objective is still to lower incidence rate of the virus to 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Every week that we lower the incidence or beat the inoculation record, we are buying time for the virus," she declared.