Supermarkets on the Costas have seen a last-minute rush to buy masks as mandatory rules to wear them in public are enforced from today.
Hour-long queues twisted in the morning Spanish sunshine for those who hadn’t yet purchased their protective masks.
The wearing masks of is being made compulsory in Spain both indoors and out in public if social distancing is not possible.
The law states: “Using masks will be compulsory on the street, in open spaces and any closed place of public use, when it is not possible to maintain a safe distance of at least two metres (6.5ft).”
Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez addressed parliament yesterday ahead of a vote on extending the state of alarm for two more weeks which was granted, though he had first asked for five weeks.
Only children under six and people with health issues are exempt from the law, which comes into force on Thursday.
Many nations in Europe have now made wearing masks a requirement on public transport but the Spanish law goes further after one of the worst springs in recent history.
Spain has seen one of the worst Covid-19 outbreaks in Europe but is now easing the lockdown gradually.
The country has reported almost 28,000 deaths and 232,000 infections since March but the rate of infection has declined.