After the pandemic year some citizens, tired, are tending to relax their attitude of protection against Covid-19, But they have to be careful! The fines for breaching the restrictions imposed by the Government to control the pandemic are still valid. Of course, despite the time that has passed, the population still has doubts about these prevention measures, especially those related to masks. They wonder about them, among other things, if they can fine you for not taking it in the car.
This week both the DGT and the Ministry of Health itself have spoken at the beginning of the week about it and we will advance you something: you are not going to get rid so easily of these pieces of fabric and fiber that cover our faces lately.
MANDATORY MASKS FROM MAY
The Ministry of Health forces the use of a mask obligatorily since last May to anyone who is over six years of age and who is “on public roads, in outdoor spaces and in any closed space for public use or that is open to the public”, provided that it is not possible to maintain a safety distance of at least two meters.
Out of this rule those people who present “some type of respiratory difficulty that may be aggravated by the use of the mask and those whose use is contraindicated for health reasons or who, due to their situation of disability or dependency, present behavioral alterations that make its use unfeasible ”. All of this remains the same.
SOMETHING GOOD THE MASKS BRING: STOP ALLERGY
Although the use of masks is really annoying for most of the population, the truth is that there are people who will be happy this spring to use them. The obligation to use a mask to deal with covid 19 will also have beneficial effects for people with allergies since This spring they will present milder symptoms because they also filter pollen particles. In addition, this protection reduces rhinitis and asthma symptoms by up to 98%.
Dr. Carmen Mogío, an allergist at the Ribera Povisa Hospital, managed by the Ribera group, explains that the masks reduce symptoms in allergy sufferers “because they filter a large amount of particles suspended in the air, including pollen” and recalls that the FFP2 “are more efficient because they filter a greater number of particles and, in addition, they conform more easily to the face.”
FINES: THE MOST UGLY FACE OF MASKS
So that people do not go through the lining of the mask the restrictions to prevent the contagion of Covid-19, each government has set in each country a series of fines with which to urge its citizens to comply with the law. Although the orden SND/422/2020 that regulates the use of face masks does not establish sanctions for those who violate the norm, from Health they affirmed that there would be fines for those who ignored the requirements of the authorities and for repeat offenders.
In Spain, Slight faults -of which a greater number of complaints have accumulated- They reach up to 601 euros, while the serious ones can amount up to 30,000 and the very serious ones to 600,000 -according to article 39 of the aforementioned rule.
WHY CAN YOU BE FINED IF YOU ARE NOT WEARING A MASK?
Actually, and as there is a normative conflict, lor that will be fined will be disobedience or resistance to the Police when it draws someone’s attention by not wearing the mask. According to the attitude of the citizen, so will the fine accordingly.
If the offense takes place in closed spaces for public use or that are open to the public, that person will be asked to leave the place. Failure to do so will also be fined. But, And on the beaches? What will happen to the beaches now that the good weather arrives? Should we always wear the mask?
DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK ON THE BEACH?
The answer is yes, but not always.. Health has proposed to the autonomous communities that the population should not be forced to wear a mask on beaches, swimming pools, lakes or reservoirs while bathing, practicing sports or during periods of rest in a fixed place, but when going to take a walk around these places.
As long as a minimum distance of 1.5 meters Masks may not be used during periods of rest before or after bathing or practicing sports in the aquatic environment, in its surroundings, during bathing and during sports.
In addition, Health has proposed that its use is not mandatory in first aid or rescue activities when they require access to the aquatic environment, and in the periods strictly necessary to eat or drink, in places where it is authorized.
WILL I BE FINED IF I DO NOT USE THE COVER IN THE CAR?
Another of the great unknowns of this time of pandemic is whether we can be fined for going without a mask in the car. In this regard there are contradictory versions, because if law 2/2021 of March 29 includes penalties for anyone who travels with non-cohabitating peopleand go without a mask inside the vehicle, the DGT assures that this type of fines are not within its competence.
“There is no article in the Traffic and Road Safety Law, nor in the regulations that develop it, that it states that not carrying it, taking it off or other actions with it is an infringing precept and much less that it entails the loss of permit points driving, therefore it is not punishable, “they assured this Wednesday from the General Directorate of Traffic in a statement.
WHAT FINES WOULD YOU RECEIVE?
Although the DGT does not have powers, according to the BOE of March 29, the mask is mandatory “in means of air, maritime, bus, or rail transport, as well as in complementary public and private passenger transportin vehicles with up to nine seats, including the driver, if the occupants of the tourism vehicles do not live at the same address. In the case of passengers on ships and boats, it will not be necessary to wear masks when they are inside their cabin ”.
The fines for not complying with this measure will vary depending on the seriousness of the infraction. If the mask is not being used while traveling with non-partners, the fine would be100 eurosno withdrawal of points for the driver; a sanction that will also be applied if there are more than four people.
If the driver is removing his mask while driving the penalty would reach the500 eurosand they would take six points off your driving license, as it is considered a distraction behind the wheel. If it is hanging in the rear view mirror of the car you will also have to go through the box: until 80 euros. The standard can be consulted .
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