EU countries are generally keen to cover their faces to fight the pandemic, as the UK has been warned by government advisers to wear masks again to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the flu and colds this winter.
Susan Michie, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board’s Sage, criticized the minister for not forcing masks to be worn indoors in crowded areas, with face coverings to keep people away from medical services during the winter. He said it was essential.
The rules and attitudes regarding wearing face masks in the four EU countries are as follows:
Spaniards need to cover their faces if they are inside or if they cannot guarantee a social distance of more than 1.5 meters. Masks were no longer required outdoors in June, but many people still wear them.
Carolina Darias, Spain’s health minister, said last week that indoor mask restrictions would continue until next spring, despite a decline in coronavirus infection rates.
Spain’s 14-day Covid-19 infection rate dropped to 46 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, according to data from the Ministry of Health on Tuesday. This is the lowest since July 2020.
About 77% of the population is fully vaccinated. The reduction in infection rates, coupled with the success of the vaccination program, has led to the reopening of nightclubs and sports stadiums with unlimited capacity.
“Undoubtedly, the combination of wearing a mask and a rapid vaccination program reduced the prevalence of coronavirus in Spain,” said Alex Arenas, a public health expert at the University of Robilai Birgili in Tarragona. Me..
“This is the most efficient and cheap way to fight a pandemic. People have a habit of wearing masks inside and outside.”
He added that the study showed that “when people stop wearing masks, it’s hard to get them back.”
France lifted the requirement to wear a face mask outside in October, but it is still obligatory to cover your face inside.
According to anecdotal evidence, most people comply with the law when going to a supermarket, bar, or meeting, but few cover their faces outside.
Last week, armed French police boarded the Eurostar to London and arrested a British passenger after the train manager accused him of wearing the “wrong type of mask.”
An unidentified man who was taken off the train after an emergency stop in Lille, northern France, protested that he was doing nothing wrong.
Poll published earlier this month Le Parisien According to newspapers, 74% of French workers want the government to lift the compulsion to wear masks internally, but the Ministry of Health says it is premature.
Currently, masks are required for all work, which is a work vehicle that has workers indoors and carries multiple people at once. In the outside workplace, masks are not needed unless ventilation is inadequate.
Masks are no longer required in the summer, and now only a minority covers their faces in open areas, but the law requires Italians to wear masks inside.
“I think only 20% of people wear masks outside. People wear them as they approach crowded areas,” said journalist Luca Zanini. Corriere della Sera Rome-based newspapers Me..
In Italy, companies have warned of confusion as all workers are required to present a coronavirus pass from Friday. This was one of the toughest anti-Covid-19 measures in the world and caused a riot.
Over 85% of Italians over the age of 12 have been vaccinated with at least one Covid-19 vaccine and are eligible for a Green Pass certificate.
However, according to a survey, about 2.5 million of Italy’s 23 million workers are unvaccinated and may be denied work from October 15.
Although masks are required in stores and public transport, they have never been legally required to be worn outdoors.
At the height of the pandemic, most people wore masks when they were out, but now the majority of the population has abolished the outer face covering. In the office, workers still wear masks, but they can remove the cover when they are at the desk.
The Government of Ireland will lift the last Covid-19 restriction on 22 October, but will be required to wear a mask inside across the border between Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.