Masks to be compulsory on public transport in Spain from Monday

  • The government has said it has six million masks to hand out at stations and stops as some businesses prepare to welcome back customers with appointments

The use of face masks will be compulsory on public transport around Spain from Monday 4 May, the prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, said at a new conference on Saturday.

"The government will hand out a total of six million masks at main transport hubs around the country," said Sánchez, adding that another seven million masks would be distributed through the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP).

Business by appointment

Monday 4 May is the date marked for the so-called Phase Zero of the government's schedule for the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions to be fully up and running.

This means that all restaurants will be able to prepare food to take away, although customers must place orders by phone or internet.

Other businesses, such as bookshops, small hardware stores and vehicle repair garages are also authorised to open from Monday but only serving customers by individual appointment.

This phase includes hairdressers and physiotherapists, working strictly by prior appointment and with compulsory hygiene and safety measures.

Physical exercise

Part of Phase Zero was already under way on Saturday when physical exercise was allowed in public areas for the first time since mid-March.

The government announced on Thursday that people would be allowed to go for walks or practise individual sports sticking to specific time zones.

Adults and children aged 14 and over can now leave the home to exercise once a day between 6 and 10am or between 8 and 11pm.

The hours between 10am and 12 noon and from 7 to 8pm are reserved for the over-70s and people who need to be accompanied by carers, while parents can take their children out for walks between 12 noon and 7pm.