The BOE has published this Tuesday the ‘Law of urgent prevention, containment and coordination measures to face the health crisis caused by COVID19’. This is the next step in the so-called ‘decree of the new normality’, which entered into force in June, but was subsequently processed in the form of a law and which was approved on March 18 in the Congress of Deputies. The text includes the mandatory nature of masks for people from the age of six on the street and in outdoor spaces, in line with what the autonomous communities have already approved, while in the previous drafting it was not necessary if the distance of 1.5 meters with respect to the rest could be maintained.
The measures are applicable throughout Spain, also when the extension of the state of alarm ends, until the Government declares the end of the health crisis.
Among the measures contemplated in the text, the obligation is maintained for people, from the age of six, to wear a mask on public roads, in outdoor spaces and in any closed space for public use or that is open to the public. public. This implies that it will also be mandatory for beaches and swimming pools, an exception that was contemplated by various autonomies last summer.
It is also mandatory in means of transport and in complementary public and private transport for passengers in vehicles with up to nine seats, including the driver, if the occupants of the tourism vehicles do not live in the same address.
The exceptions remain: individual outdoor sport and people who have some type of illness or respiratory difficulty that may be aggravated by the use of the mask or who, due to their disability or dependency, do not have the autonomy to remove it .
People who show symptoms compatible with COVID-19 or are in home isolation should not go to their workplace. If a worker begins to have symptoms compatible with the disease, they will immediately contact the telephone number set up for this by the autonomous community or corresponding health center, they will put on a mask and “follow the recommendations indicated, until their situation is assessed by a healthcare professional. “
The owner of the economic activity or the director of the centers and entities must guarantee adequate ventilation and disinfection measures, and have water and soap or hydroalcoholic gels for cleaning the workers’ hands. Likewise, you must adapt working conditions to maintain an interpersonal safety distance of 1.5 meters (or adequate protective equipment, if that is not possible) and organize schedules to avoid overcrowding.
Finally, the owner of the economic activity has to “adopt measures for the progressive reincorporation in person to the jobs and the promotion of the use of telework when it is possible due to the nature of the work activity”.
The measurements it collects are similar. The competent administrations must ensure compliance by the owners of hotels, shops or cultural shows with the regulations for capacity, disinfection, prevention and conditioning that are determined.
They will have to ensure the necessary measures to guarantee a minimum interpersonal distance of 1.5 meters and avoid crowds.
In addition, it includes that the competent administrations will ensure the sufficient availability of health professionals with the capacity to reorganize them in accordance with the priorities at all times. Likewise, it refers to the guarantee of a sufficient number of professionals involved in the prevention and control of the disease, its early diagnosis, attention to cases and epidemiological surveillance.
In relation to manufacturers and holders of marketing authorizations of those medicines considered essential in the management of the health crisis caused by COVID-19, the text states that they must notify the Directorate of the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products ( AEMPS) the ‘stock’ available, the quantity supplied in the last week and the forecast of release and receipt of batches thereof, including the dates and estimated quantities.