Sunbathers Will Have To Wear Face Masks This Summer On Spanish Beaches
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The Spanish government has announced that masks are to be mandatory on the country's beaches.
The directive issued today (30 March) stated that face coverings would be obligatory for everyone in public spaces.
This means that even when trying to top up the tan, people will have to make sure they are wearing one.
Coverings have been obligatory since June last year, but only in places where it's not possible to maintain a two-metre distance from other people.
Government spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero said during a news conference: "It is important that citizens know that we have not reached a relaxation phase, and we cannot in any way afford to be reckless."
Balearic Islands Health Secretary Patricia Gomez stated there could be room for changes to the rules, meaning people living together could potentially be exempt.
She said: "We consider that in the case of social meetings involving more than one family nucleus facemasks should be worn, but when it's the same family composed of people who live under the same roof, it shouldn't be necessary."
She went on to say the changes are set to be discussed at a meeting between the government and different regions this week.
Only children under the age of six and adults with illnesses that mean the wearing of masks could affect their health are exempt from the new rules.
Over in the UK, it was announced that Reading and Leeds Festival will 'almost certainly' require people to have Covid passport, organiser Melvin Benn has said.
The iconic rock festivals are set to go ahead on the weekend of 27 August, with the likes of Liam Gallagher and Stormzy set to perform.
However, Benn has now said that, while it's extremely difficult to predict what the country will look like in the next few weeks and months, it's likely punters will likely have to prove they have been vaccinated or that they're Covid-free.
He told the BBC today (30 March): "I'm taking the prime minister at his word that from June the legal restrictions will be off and as he and the culture secretary said: 'We are looking forward to a summer of fun'.
"If it is cancelled everyone gets a refund - that's pretty normal - but I'm certainly anticipating it going ahead."
LADbible has contacted organisers Festival Republic for further comment.