17-05-2020 Finally, masks will be mandatory in public spaces. The Ministry of Health will regulate in the coming days the "reinforcement" of the use of these protective garments after observing a general consensus in the autonomous communities. A new turn of the Executive that adds to this other one: the Government will publish the evaluation reports of the Autonomous Communities once all of them have progressed to phase 1, and the same will be done when all of them migrate to phase 2, and later to phase 3.
Health Minister Salvador Illa, accompanied by Finance Minister María Jesús Montero, made both announcements at a press conference after the tenth conference of regional presidents. With regard to the first issue, which is of enormous social importance as it will affect all citizens, the minister said that "in the next few days" a ministerial order regulating the obligatory use of masks will be published in the BOE. He warned that it had already been studied in recent days, and has been the subject of debate in the two inter-territorial councils of the National Health System (SNS) this week, and will be addressed in tomorrow's Monday.
This Sunday, this issue was also raised at the meeting of Sánchez with the autonomous presidents, attended by Montero and Illa, and also the fourth vice-president, Teresa Ribera, in charge of de-escalation, and the head of Territorial Policy, Carolina Darias. And there was "unanimity", stated the head of Health, regarding the need to "reinforce the obligatory use of masks". But he refused "to anticipate the specific details" of the new order because they have yet to be closed. Since 4 May, these protective garments have been obligatory on public transport.