The end of masks on public transport?

The Council of Ministers will foreseeably approve on February 7 the proposal to withdraw the mandatory use of the mask on public transport, including aircraft, as announced this Thursday by the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias.

In statements to journalists after the presentation of the results of the PASOS 2022 study on childhood obesity, Darias has set a date for this measure, which is expected to come into force the day after its approval by the Council of Ministers.

The mask will continue to be mandatory in Spain in health settings such as hospitals or health centres and in social health centres such as opticians, pharmacies or dental clinics.

The minister, after receiving the proposal from the Alert Report in which she advised withdrawing the obligation, will convene the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System next week to report on this measure, which will later be approved by the Council of Ministers.

The decision is being made now because, according to the minister, the data on infections and the evolution of the pandemic show a “very stable” situation that already advises the withdrawal, although she has asked for “time” to extend this withdrawal to other spaces. “Step by step,” she said.

The director of the Health Alerts and Emergencies Coordination Centre of the Ministry of Health (CCAES), Fernando Simón, already assured this week that this measure would arrive “shortly” and in a “very short” period of time.