The Lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, has asked the president, Pedro Sanchez, that the mask become mandatory outdoors again and that this week adopt the “necessary measures” to provide the autonomies of “a framework of sufficient legal security” in order to limit night mobility and the number of people per meeting.
And the central government has already responded, closing the door to both requests: neither a mandatory mask nor a curfew. The spokeswoman for the Executive, Isabel Rodriguez, recalled this Tuesday that, despite the relaxation of the measures at the end of June, the mask is still mandatory outdoors when the interpersonal safety distance is not respected.
He did it at the press conference after Minister council when asked about the letter that the lehendakari, Íñigo Urkullu, has sent Pedro Sánchez. Urkullu sends this letter requesting action from the central government because every time it has imposed restrictions they have been overthrown by the courts, so it would need a state of alarm so that the Justice does not reject its anti-Covid measures.
“There is margin”
Isabel Rodríguez has referred to the meeting that the Minister of Health and the councilors will hold this afternoon within the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System, but has pointed out that the autonomies still have “margin” of action to stop the fifth wave.
“The Government believes that there is scope for the communities to advance in measures to contain contagions. That is the framework in which we believe we have to move,” said the spokeswoman.
Regarding masks, has urged to enforce the current norm that imposes its use always except outdoors when the interpersonal safety distance of one and a half meters can be maintained, a norm that citizens are generally complying with, although the Executive believes that “there are some areas” in which not.
Therefore, he believes that it is not so much to modify the recently approved law, but rather “a breach of the law, and that rule must be enforced.”
“The use in this country is still mandatory; it is important not to forget it because we could be confusing the public,” the minister stressed, before insisting on a “call for prudence.”
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