Spain reintroduces masks outdoors as other EU countries take more drastic measures

By Linsey McNeill
23/12/2021
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Spain is to reintroduce mandatory masks outdoors due to the sudden rise in coronavirus infections.

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says the measure will become law before Christmas.

However, the country hasn’t announced any further travel restrictions, which had been rumoured to be on the cards, especially following a tightening of entry rules in other European countries.

Yesterday, Austria announced a Christmas quarantine for British arrivals who aren’t boosted following France’s decision last week to ban UK holidaymakers.

The Netherlands has introduced a compulsory 10-day quarantine for all arrivals from the UK, regardless of their vaccine status, but this can be reduced after a negative test on day five.

Several other countries, including Finland and most recently Sweden have introduced compulsory testing of arrivals to try to limit the spread of the new, more virulent Omicron variant.

The compulsory mask-wearing mandate in Spain follows a sharp increase in the rate of infection to 695 cases per 100,000 people, which is higher than this time last year. In summer 2020, the UK banned travel to many countries with more than 25 cases per 100,000.

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