Spain is relaxing its face mask rules, including restaurants and bars, in a huge boost for Britons planning summer vacations in hotspots like the Costa del Sol and the Canary Islands
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Britons planning a holiday in Spain in the coming weeks will no longer be required to wear face masks as the country is set to scrap its rules on face coverings.
The Spanish Ministry of Health confirmed this week that from April 20, masks will no longer be mandatory in indoor spaces. (The rules had already been relaxed for outdoor spaces).
This will be the first time since 2020 that face masks will no longer be required indoors. There will be a handful of exceptions; masks and blankets will still be needed when accessing health services or on public transport.
Meanwhile, face masks will continue to be mandatory for passengers on flights to Spain.
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Until then, face coverings remain mandatory for anyone aged six and over on public transport or in indoor spaces.
Although restrictions have been relaxed for outdoor settings, they may still be necessary at large standing and seated events where social distancing cannot be maintained.
It’s not the only loosening of rules coming as a boost ahead of the peak holiday season.
Earlier this month, sun-seekers enjoyed Benidorm’s beaches returning to normal for the first time in two years. Restrictions including socially distanced pitches for bathers, time restrictions and a pre-booking system have all been scrapped, with amenities like deckchairs being brought back.
There’s more good news for those hoping to make the most of the brilliant food and drink that Spain is famous for, thanks to a new law issued by the Spanish authorities.
From April 11, eating out could be a bit cheaper, as all bars and restaurants in Spain are now legally required to offer customers the option of free tap water, as an alternative to bottled water that you must purchase.
As reported by GlasgowLivenew regulations came into force stipulating: “Establishments in the hotel and catering sector must always offer consumers, customers or users of their services the possibility of consuming unconditioned water free of charge and in addition to the supply from the same establishment.
Where can I go on holiday from the UK at the moment?
If you are planning a holiday in Spain, you will need to meet the country’s current Covid entry requirements.
To visit on holiday you will need to be fully vaccinated or have recently recovered from Covid.
To be considered fully vaccinated, you will need to have completed a full vaccination program at least 14 days prior to travel. If you complete this more than 270 days (nine months) before traveling to Spain, you will need a booster to be fully vaccinated.
Although the rules apply to anyone aged 12 or over, Spain has eased its restrictions for unvaccinated teenagers aged 12 to 17, who can visit if they have proof of a Covid test. negative made before the trip.
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