July 9, 2020 / 3:16 PM / a month ago

Spain's Balearic Islands to make masks mandatory everywhere from Monday

A woman sits on a bench near the Barceloneta beach after Catalonia's regional authorities decided to make mandatory the use of face masks in public at all times, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Barcelona, Spain July 9, 2020. REUTERS/Albert Gea

MADRID (Reuters) - The Balearic Islands, one of Spain’s top tourist destinations, will make it compulsory to wear a face mask in public at all times from Monday even when it is possible to keep a safe distance from others, regional leader Francina Armengol said.

Catalonia introduced a similar rule on Wednesday, going further than a national directive that only mandates mask use when in close proximity to others.

Reporting by Joan Faus and Nathan Allen; Editing by Ingrid Melander

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