The Junta de Andalucía's Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, has revealed this Thursday (17 June) that he does not foresee that the mandatory use of the face mask can be eased in the region until "the end of July or mid-August".
The councillor was speaking on Canal Sur Radio, and he criticised the public debate about the possible relaxation of the mandatory use of masks, after both the Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, and the national Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, suggested that the face mask will cease to be mandatory, mainly in outdoor spaces, “soon”.
"It is a debate that I do not like because we create false expectations,” said the Andalusian Minister of Health. “We do not gain anything, only lower our guard,” he said.
Aguirre said that in Andalucía “the mask requirement will not be lifted, until the law - which obliges the masks to be used in public places both indoors and out - is lifted", and "until we have at least 75 per cent of the Andalusian population vaccinated", and with that, "herd immunity", he stressed.
He insisted that, after the vaccine, the mask, "well placed and worn properly is what most protects us most” against coronavirus infections.