when to wear a mask on the beach and in the car




The Ministry of Health has published the resolution establishing the measures on the use of the coronavirus mask. The regulations, signed by the Minister Ana Barceló and published this Monday in the Official Gazette of the Generalitat Valenciana (DOGV), determines that people aged six and over are obliged to use them on public roads, in outdoor spaces and in any closed space for public use or that is open to the public, regardless of the maintenance of the physical interpersonal safety distance.

Likewise, it must be carried in the means of air, maritime, bus, or rail transport, as well as in complementary public and private passenger transport in vehicles with up to nine seats, including the driver, if the occupants of the tourism vehicles do not coexist 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.

This obligation will not be enforceable for people who present any type of illness or respiratory distress that may be aggravated by the use of the mask or that, due to their situation of disability or dependence, do not have the autonomy to remove the mask, or have behavioral alterations that make its use unfeasible.

Nor will it be requested in the case of exercise of individual outdoor sport, nor in cases of force majeure or situation of necessity or when, due to the very nature of the activities, the use of the mask is incompatible, in accordance with the indications of the health authorities.

The administration requires that activities that involve physical effort of a non-sporting nature, outdoors and individually, are equated to the exercise of individual sport, maintaining, in any case, the minimum distance of 1.5 meters with other people that are not cohabiting.

The following activities are considered incompatible with the use of the mask: bath in the sea, lakes, reservoirs, rivers or other bathing areas; as well as in swimming pools, outside or covered; the practice of sport in the aquatic environment, be it natural or artificial; and rest periods before or after bathing or practicing sports in the aquatic environment, in its surroundings.

In the case of rest on the beaches, rivers or similar environments, or in uncovered swimming pools, the aforementioned period may only be extended to that in which the person remains at a certain point and respecting the minimum distance of 1.5 meters with other people that they are not living together, and without the group of people being able to exceed the maximum number allowed.

In the indoor pools or in the event that this rest is carried out on board boats, the period of rest will only be understood as the strictly necessary between intervals of activity.

Nor is it necessary to wear a mask on first aid or rescue activities when they require access to the aquatic environment; and the times strictly necessary to eat or drink, in places where it is authorized.

The following activities are considered compatible with the use of the mask: walk through the accesses to beaches, lakes and other natural environments; the walk to the seashore and other aquatic environments; the use of changing rooms in public or community pools, except in showers; and the stay outside or inside hospitality establishments outside of the times strictly necessary to eat or drink.

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