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Countries where the use of a mask is no longer mandatory

It seems that little by little we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. This week Fernando Simón has assured in a press conference that the use of the mask in outdoor spaces could become mandatory in “not many days.” Opinions are divided in the scientific community: some experts consider it to be premature, while others believe that the time has come to return to normality. But, what is the situation in other countries regarding the use of the mask? In Spain, the mandatory use of the mask was implemented a year ago. At first, the Government left the autonomous communities to regulate the measure, although shortly thereafter Law 2/2021, of March 29, imposed the use of the mask in all places and at all times at the national level. The mask in the rest of European countries Analyzing the situation in other European countries today, we find that France and Italy have measures that are more similar to those of Spain. In Portugal, the use of the mask is also mandatory outdoors, although this measure has an expiration date: June 13, 2021. In the Nordic countries, such as Sweden or Finland, it is not usual to find a person who wears mask, neither outdoors nor indoors Germany also imposes the use of a mask (surgical or FFP2) indoors and on public transport. This week Poland has announced that its population can go out without a mask. In the case of the United Kingdom, the use of a mask outdoors has always been optional. Now, taking into account that it is one of the countries with the highest percentage of vaccinated population, it is only mandatory in public transport.Each state can impose its own regulations regarding the mask. For example, in California its use is mandatory indoors and outdoors. As of June, it will only be required in closed spaces; instead, Mississippi or Texas decided to eliminate this measure prematurely. In addition, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that people who have received the full schedule of the vaccine can stop using the mask, even if they cannot maintain a safe distance. A few days ago we talked about Walmart, the first supermarket chain that allows vaccinated customers and employees not to use the mask.

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