The Catalonia government has just passed a decree which means as of tomorrow everybody will be forced to wear a mask at all times outdoors even when the safety distance of 1.5 metres can be maintained.
The new regulations are only applied in the Catalonia region, so there are no changes to the law in other areas of Spain where you aren’t legally obliged to wear a mask when you can keep the safety distance.
We have already booked a trip to near Salou so will let you know what it’s like in Catalonia in the new law, unless the situation worsens and we have to cancel our trip.
At the moment, this is a law to keep people safe and work towards not having another outbreak.
Meritxell Budó said that the new law is to protect everybody and prevent the spread of Covid-19. It will be in place in “both public and private” spaces, even when the safety distance of 1.5 meters can be guaranteed. “Regardless of safety distances, people will have to wear a mask at all times,” she said.
The map of Catalonia is mapped below, but includes Girona, Barcelona, Tarragona and Lleida. Popular holidays destinations that will be affected by this new compulsory mask law includes Salou, Cambrils, Sitges, Lloret de Mar and Calella.
At the moment, there is no change to the law in Benidorm and other areas of Spain where it is still only compulsory to wear a mask when indoors, or when outdoors and social distancing of 1.5 metres can’t be guaranteed. You aren’t required to wear a mask when seated at a bar or a restaurant but do have to put them up when walking around.
The mask must be a proper mask and not a scarf. It must cover your nose and mouth but can be a fabric mask.
I will update you if anything changes.