Face Masks are to become obligatory from Monday 13th July even when there is a 2m social distance between people in the MURCIA REGION.

The measure will be approved tday by the Governing Council meeting, which will also analyse the worrying evolution of the pandemic this weekend, which has seen a notable increase in cases.

21 new infections were reported on Saturday, the highest number since June 3, and 4 more hospitalised than the previous day.

The total number of people currently affected by covid-19 stands at 98, close to once again exceeding the barrier of 100 active cases.

Since May 21st, the use of the mask has been mandatory in Spain in all open or closed public spaces, but when it is not possible to guarantee a physical distance of at least two meters.

But this measure will now be over ruled by the Murcian government and a new one put in place for the region.

In short, you will not be able to leave the house without the mask on, although there will be a few exceptions: the consumption of drinks or food in bars and restaurants, when playing sports, on beaches and swimming pools.

Government sources say that the decision was made in consultation with the Epidemiology Service, after assessing the latest data from the pandemic in the Region of Murcia, communicated to the Government the advisability of using the mask to curb the increase in infections among the public.

The Region of Murcia will join Andalusia, Aragon and La Rioja, which will also approve the measure this week. It is already in place in Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and Extremadura.

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