The Regional Ministry of Health and Families, through the Directorate General of Public Health and Pharmaceutical Organisation, has published an instruction detailing the application of the legislation on the obligatory use of masks in non-university educational centres and services, in accordance with Royal Decree 115/2022, of 8 February, which modifies the obligatory use of masks during the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19.
In accordance with this application, in Andalusia, the use of face masks will be mandatory in enclosed spaces for all staff of the educational centre or service, as well as for all pupils from the first year of primary school onwards, regardless of the maintenance of interpersonal distance or membership of a stable cohabitation group, without prejudice to the exemptions provided for in the legal system.
In addition, the use of face masks will be compulsory on public school transport from the age of 6 years, and recommended from 3 to 5 years.
In open-air spaces, for its part, the use of masks will not be compulsory from tomorrow, except in specific cases where large events are organised, where it will be compulsory when the attendees are standing or if they are seated and a safety distance of at least 1.5 metres between people cannot be maintained. Consequently, the use of face masks is not compulsory at entrances and exits or in outdoor playgrounds.
In general, the use of the mask is not recommended in the following cases: children under 3 years of age; people with any type of illness or respiratory difficulty that may be aggravated by the use of a mask; people who, due to their disability or dependence, are unable to remove the mask independently, or who have behavioural alterations that make its use unviable; people who carry out activities in which the use of a mask is incompatible, in accordance with the indications of the health authorities.
Finally, the educational centre will pay special attention to the prevention of stigmatisation of people with clinical or family vulnerability who continue to wear masks in situations where they are not obligatory.