Amid COVID-19 pandemic, Spanish government reportedly made wearing face masks a compulsion until the pandemic is over. Spain's Health Minister Salvador Illa on June 9 reportedly said that the measure would in remain in force after the state of emergency ends on June 21 and it will remain in place until Spain permanently defeats Coronavirus, which is when a vaccine or an effective treatment is available for this.
Illa's statement comes after Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that everyone in the country over the age of six will have to wear face makss in public places as long as it is not possible to maintain safe distance. Prime Minister also mentioned that wearing face masks will be mandatory even after Spain's phase three of the de-escalation plans ends for most parts of the Spain in coming weeks, however, he did not specify for how long after.
While the new measure is expected to slightly reduce the social distance measure, the Spanish government also reportedly introduced a fine of up to 100 euros if one is not seen wearing a mask in public places.
As per reports, face mask wearing was initially impoesd as a requirement for those using public transport in early May, however with the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, the rule was later expanded.