Spain holidays: FCO issues new face mask warning for tourists as local lockdowns ramp up

Spain holidays: FCO issues new face mask warning for tourists as local lockdowns ramp up

Holidays to Spain are back on for much of the UK, with England, Wales and Northern Ireland giving the green light to tourists hoping to travel to the country without the need for quarantine. However, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Spain is imposing strict new social distancing rules which can have huge consequences if tourists fail to follow them.

Today, following a string of new cases popping up across Spain, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued a new warning for UK travellers regarding rules for the wearing of face masks in certain regions.

“A small number of local outbreaks of COVID-19 have been identified in Spain since the end of the State of Alarm,” warns the FCO.

“The use of face coverings is mandatory for anyone over the age of six years old on all forms of public transport in Spain and in many other indoor and outdoor public spaces,” it continues.

“Specific rules on the use of face masks may vary from one region to the next.

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Those who are caught in breach of the new social distancing rule will be slapped with €100 fines according to Spanish newspaper El Pais.

Police have been instructed to take precise details and will ask tourists for identification and their name and address.

However, there are some exceptions to the rule.

“There are some exceptions to the use of face masks such as when practising sport, eating or drinking, or at the beach, however, rules may vary from one region to the next,” states the FCO.

“You should refer to local authorities for specific information on face-covering requirements and any exceptions where you are.”

It adds: “Those with respiratory problems or those unable to wear a mask due to other health conditions or disabilities are exempt from this rule.”

Meanwhile, following a series of localised outbreaks, certain towns and cities across the country have gone back into varying levels of lockdown.

Most recently, outbreaks in Catalonia have resulted in up to 96,000 residents of three Catalan towns near Barcelona being ordered to stay at home.

The city itself has also gone into a “voluntary” lockdown, with locals advised to only leave their home for essential trips.

Alba Vergés, the Catalan health minister, told a press conference: “We recommend that people do not move around unless it is essential.

“It is very important to respect these measures now, it’s the best way to avoid a lockdown.”

Despite the outbreaks, though, many tourists have flocked back to the country in search of sunshine.

According to new data from, Spain is the third most searched for holiday hotspot since the end of lockdown.

Published at Tue, 21 Jul 2020 17:52:39 +0000