The Department of Health and Consumer Affairs, in coordination with the Department of Education and Vocational Training, has agreed that masks will no longer be compulsory in school playgrounds and outdoor areas, following the criteria that will be applied from Thursday by the Ministry of Health. Therefore, the measure will be adopted on Thursday, when the new regulations come into force by the central government. The Regional Ministry of Education, for its part, has sent a letter to all schools to inform them of this decision.
However, also following the criteria approved today by the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System, the use of masks will be recommended when there are crowds, as may happen at the entrance and exit of schools. In the case of indoor spaces, the use will continue to be compulsory for all people aged 6 and over, in order to contain the transmission of the coronavirus.
The Government has taken a positive view of the agreement reached today at the CISNS, given that the epidemiological and healthcare situation has improved in the autonomous community in the last 10 days. However, it wants to send a message of caution since the virus is still present and has encouraged the population to be vaccinated against COVID, including children aged between 5 and 11 years, because scientific evidence has shown that this is one of the most effective and safest ways to combat the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, as well as to avoid serious consequences of the disease.