Updated 21 November: And they’ve been reduced again. The maximum price anyone can be charged for a surgical mask is 0,62€, law is HERE.
Updated 16 November: From tomorrow, surgical/disposable face masks will have a maximum price of €0,72 instead of €0,96. The reduction is the result of a new decree published today in the BOE HERE, Sanidad (Spain) has announced, explaining that the price reduction is intended to guarantee access to masks for all as a basic preventative measure. The rules for face masks are detailed at the top of the Living with Covid post HERE.
Updated 27 October: With the return of British visitors it seems a good time to update this post about masks. Please also note that in addition to the information below, it has since been confirmed that while Fabric masks are legal, anyone attending a hospital or doctor’s surgery must wear one of the types below, specifically of the hygenic or surgical type from a chemist or sanitary provisions supplier.
The Policía Nacional has confirmed that they are policing this as a requirement to wear a mask in all public spaces, indoors and out, at work, and on the beach and around swimming pools – if swimming they can be removed for swimming itself or sunbathing without moving in a designated zone. In catering establishments they can be removed when a plate of food is in front of a customer because eating a meal is a one-off thing. Drinking, however, is different because people can nurse one drink for far longer and so the police say they will issue fines to anyone doig so. They have specifically said that masks must be replaced between sips of a drink.
Exemptions exist but must be verified in Spanish: the verifiying is done by police on the spot and they cannot be expected to know English or be able to identify the authenticity of a foreign document. A medical certificate from a Spanish doctor is required for anyone with a condition that allows them to be exempt from wearing a mask. Please note that face shields are not considered masks: they are sometimes worn by medical personnel in addition to a mask but are not legal for the public to wear as an alternative.
Original post 16 June: Canarias Saludable, the Canarian Health Department’s channel for public health information and advice, has confirmed that the public can wear home-made face masks but only if they comply with the specifications of those which are bought in chemists. For those who wish to make their own, those specifications, for each type of mask, are HERE.
Canarias Saludable says that “scarves and facecloths do not protect against covid19, and that more information in general about masks, apart from the specific criteria for their manufacture, can be consulted HERE. For any further public health information please see their website which is canariasaludable.org.
For those who wish to buy face masks that are guaranteed to comply with specifications, the image below shows the three main types available. The first is a simple hygienic mask, the sort we should wear if healthy and not working frontline or in the health services. The second is a surgical mask to be worn by anyone displaying symptoms or their close contacts – all these should also be self-isolating and seeking medical confirmation of their infection. The third is an auto-filter mask to be worn by health professionals and frontline workers.