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After almost two years in force, the mandatory use of the mask ended this Wednesday (04.20.2022) in Spain, except for very few exceptions, such as hospitals and public transport, with the publication of a provision in the official State gazette (BOE ).
The BOE makes official the decree of the Spanish government, which on Tuesday eliminated one of the last health restrictions still in force in the country in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of a mask indoors, by virtue of the fact that 92.5% of Spaniards over 12 years of age are fully vaccinated.
In this way, the mandatory use of the mask, which was initially implemented on May 21, 2020 during the first wave of the pandemic, will be restricted only to hospitals, public transport and nursing homes.
The use of the mask was always highly respected in this country, where there was no major controversy regarding vaccination.
Spain, which since the end of March implemented a new strategy to treat COVID-19 as an endemic disease, comparable to the flu, has registered a total of 103,721 deaths and 11.7 million infections since the start of the pandemic.