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Coronavirus - Obligatory Use Of Masks As Of 21.5.2020

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Author: Richelle de Wit
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As announced and now published in the State Gazette, the use of masks will be obligatory in certain situations, as of Thursday the 21st of May.

Any kind of mask that covers both nose and mouth will do, surgical or hygienic masks preferably.

Who need to wear a mask?

Obligatory for everyone of the age of 6 and over. Recommended for children from 3-5.
* People with respiratory problems that could become worse when using a mask.
* People for whom the use of a mask is contraindicated for reasons of duly justified health, or that due to their disability or dependency present behavioural changes that make their use unfeasible.
* Development of activities in which, by their very nature, the use of the mask results incompatible (e.g. eating and drinking)
* Cause of force majeure or situation of necessity.

Where do you need to wear a mask?

The use of a mask will be mandatory on public roads, in outdoor spaces and in any closed space for public use or that is open to the public, always where it is not possible to maintain an interpersonal safety distance of at least two meters.

Confirmed in a new Ministerial Order 21.5.2020 that also obligatory to wear masks when travelling

  • by air, sea, train or bus. Only allowed to take off when in your own cabin when travelling by sea. Service employees in direct contact with passengers need to wear masks as well.
  • by motorcycle, moped or any other vehicle in category L, when occupied by 2 people (wearing helmet with visor can replace masks).
  • by private vehicle or taxi up to 9 seats, if not all occupants are from the same household.
  • heavy vehicles, vans etc. with just one row of seats, if not all occupants are from the same household.


Valid for as long as the State of Alarm is in force.

Please note: The information provided is based upon our understanding of current legislation. It is not legal advice but is provided freely to enable you to be properly informed. We recommend that if you are considering taking action, you should seek professional advice.

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