July 13, 2020 / 11:11 AM / 22 days ago

Spain not planning to make masks compulsory at all times, source says

A woman wearing a protective mask walks past a field hospital outside Arnau de Vilanova hospital, after a judge barred Catalan authorities from enforcing a stricter lockdown to residents in the city of Lleida, to control the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Lleida, Spain, July 13, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain’s government is not planning to make the use of face masks compulsory nationwide where social distancing can be guaranteed, a Health Ministry source said on Monday, after several regions made them mandatory in all circumstances.

Spain’s regions already have the instruments they need to tackle the roughly 100 localised outbreaks that have sprung up around the country, the source added.

Reporting by Inti Landauro; Writing by Nathan Allen, editing by Andrei Khalip

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