After the United States, France has lifted the obligation to wear a mask in public spaces and Spain has just announced a similar decision in anticipation of the summer season. This measure has also been enacted in Israel and is being studied in Germany. The fall of sanitary masks comes at the time the vaccination against the coronavirus in Western countries has clearly advanced.
France announced on Wednesday the removal of the obligation to wear a sanitary mask in public places. The release of this flagship measure in the fight against the pandemic is a turning point in the epidemiological situation, which implies that the crisis is over.
The United States was the first to launch this measure in certain states, then at the level of companies which no longer required the wearing of masks for vaccinated employees, and it has spread to certain supermarket signs.
In May, health authorities updated their recommendations by no longer requiring the wearing of masks indoors. “Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, small or large, without wearing a mask or respecting physical distancing,” said Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for the prevention and fight against diseases (CDC).
“If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask! US President Joe Biden solemnly announced, saying that it was an “important step, a great day” for his country where more than 52% of the population has been vaccinated after being the most affected by the pandemic for many months.
In Europe, if France is the first country to have taken this decision, Spain would be studying the feasibility of a measure such as this, and could follow suit. Wearing a mask outside will no longer be compulsory from Thursday, June 17 in France according to Prime Minister Jean Castex, who however indicated that there would be exceptions.
Among them are situations where citizens find themselves in overcrowding such as in queues, transport, stadiums, busy places.
France, where the vaccination percentage has reached nearly 46%, has not only lifted the obligation of masks but has also decided to no longer observe a curfew, a decision that will take effect from Sunday in view of the decrease in contamination.
In Spain, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, in need of popularity in recent weeks, announced that his government would decide “soon” to abandon masks “in the street”, when the Iberian country is one of the states. most affected by the pandemic, so that the wearing of masks was strictly enforced in the streets.
Spain currently has a vaccination rate of 45% and while experts had expected an announcement at the end of June or July, the head of the Spanish government surprised public opinion on Friday by announcing the news during ‘a trip to Barcelona.
“This weekend will be the last with masks outdoors because on June 26, we will no longer wear the mask in public spaces,” he said.
Several other countries advanced in the vaccination against the coronavirus and whose contamination curve is under control, plan to implement a similar measure probably signifying the beginning of the end of the pandemic, even if for some experts, it is still too early. to overcome such an important barrier gesture which has demonstrated its effectiveness.