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Very good news! I am certain that come August, masks will be gone. I shall anyway walk in Aug./Sept.

In a government press conference in Norway today, they announced that most rules, vaccine sertificates etc., will be standardised in EU/Schengen by June 24th. I hope.
 
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Will masks still be required indoors in stores, albergues, cathedrals, bars and restaurants? We don't begin our camino from St Jean until Sept 17, but will bring along a few masks just in case. Bob
 
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WHOA - NOT SO FAST fellow pilgrims! This appeared in todays' La Voz de Galicia:


Simply stated, while the outdoor mask mandate will be lifted across Spain, individual autonomous communities, like Galicia can adopt their own rules regarding use of face masks.

The article states that you must continue to wear a mask outdoors if the safety distance (1.5 meters IIRC) cannot be maintained.

"it (the mask) should not be removed if the safety distance is not maintained , "It is not the same to walk through a mountain as to get into the street of wines..."

So, be prepared to mask up, at least in Galicia, at least until this changes - again.

Hope this helps.

Tom
 

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The article states that you must continue to wear a mask outdoors if the safety distance (1.5 meters IIRC) cannot be maintained.
That's just a variation on the general theme of the conditions attached to this relaxation. In practice, it's likely to be some cities and in some crowds where some requirement will persist.
 

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Due to my line of work I have the mask on all the time when inside. Even when on housecalls and walking / biking from one place to another I keep my mask on. It is too much a nuisance to put it on and off every time I go in and out somewhere.
I still prefer to err on the side of caution.Until herd immunity is reached even the fully vaccinated ( like me ) can be an asymptomatic spreader.
I think of all the workers on the Covidwards in hospitals who are still treating people. Always in full uniform ( and lots of extra plastic to cover up ) and tight masks.
So my " sacrifice " means nothing compared to their hard work.
 
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So, alone on the Camino no mask would be required.
That has been the case for a very long time already, as the individual practice of sports (long-distance hiking is a sport) has since almost the start benefited from a particular exemption.
 

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Ironically they've just been reintroduced where I live.
 
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Due to my line of work I have the mask on all the time when inside. Even when on housecalls and walking / biking from one place to another I keep my mask on. It is too much a nuisance to put it on and off every time I go in and out somewhere.
I still prefer to err on the side of caution.Until herd immunity is reached even the fully vaccinated ( like me ) can be an asymptomatic spreader.
I think of all the workers on the Covidwards in hospitals who are still treating people. Always in full uniform ( and lots of extra plastic to cover up ) and tight masks.
So my " sacrifice " means nothing compared to their hard work.
I totally agree with you on the level of 'sacrifice' compared to the nurses and doctors on the Covidwards. It is just that it has always felt extremely unuseful to wear masks in the open air. I have been wearing masks on empty parking lots, in nature, on beaches and on empty streets for almost a year now and I am happy that is over. For the rest I will take any required measure seriously.
 

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Most people are still in their masks, here in Navarra anyway, though the proportion of those outside maskless seems to have risen a little.

I'm changing my own habits ; instead of keeping one dangling annoyingly at my throat, I'm keeping a different type of cloth one in my pocket.
 
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In santiago today, about 95% of people in the streets are using masks…


Was in Leuven ( Belgium ) today and I estimated 80 % used a mask. It was busy with shoppers but everyone was really courteous.
I do like this discipline in solidarity.
And again young people seem to be even more conscious about wearing a mask.
 

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