“The conditions are met for the non-compulsory use of masks, which remains in places frequented by especially vulnerable people”, such as homes and structures of the National Network of Integrated Continuing Care, said the minister at the end of the Council of Ministers.
In addition to these situations, the mandatory use of a mask is also maintained in health establishments, health services and structures where especially vulnerable people reside, as well as on public transport, said the minister, adding that the measure will come into force with the resolution of the Council of Ministers today.
Marta Temido explained that public transport, including air transport, taxis or TVDE, are covered by this exception due to the “high intensity of use, the difficult aeration, the lack of alternatives to their use at times of high frequency”.
“Therefore, these are the two circumstances in which the mandatory use of masks remains without prejudice of their recommended use in terms of public health measure in certain circumstances”, she said, exemplifying the situation of a person cohabiting with someone with covid-19.
As for the use of masks in the classroom, Marta Temido clearly stated: "Schools, no [mask use is mandatory]".
The minister added that this measure was taken after consulting the experts and the usual institutions, noting that, seasonally, they may have to re-model the measures and decide them in a different direction.