Pedro Sanchez, Spain’s president, held an emergency meeting with regional leaders on December 22. He said Christmas celebrations could take place despite the surge in Covid cases.
Sanchez told the Spanish Congress: “Parents and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers will be able to reunite with their children and grandchildren.
“The truth is that, in the face of such a great calamity, Spain has resisted, it has not been defeated and is moving forward.”
Spain experienced a record number of Covid cases on Tuesday, its highest number since the start of the pandemic.
Nearly 50,000 cases were reported on December 21 while 94 deaths from Covid were recorded.
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Despite the increase in cases, Sanchez said the way out of the pandemic was through vaccination.
However, the Spanish president has agreed to reinstate the wearing of the mask outside throughout Spain.
Several Spanish regional leaders had called for face masks to be mandatory outdoors due to the increase in cases.
According to the Spanish newspaper El País, the measure will be approved at a special cabinet meeting on December 23.
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Currently, residents and tourists must wear a face mask outdoors if social distancing cannot be maintained.
However, the new rule that must be in place by Christmas Eve will require the wearing of masks outside at all times.
Andalusia and Valencia, two popular regions for British tourists, had called for the reinstatement of mandatory exterior masking.
The measure was abolished on June 26 in Spain. Some experts are skeptical of the impact of exterior face masks.
The measure would have had a considerable impact on the tourism industry in several Spanish seaside resorts.
Those working in the industry in Benidorm said a UK tour operator canceled 60,000 reservations for the winter season.
Due to the cancellations, some hotels in Benidorm have been “forced” to close, according to a hotel group.
British tourists have also reportedly canceled their holidays due to the price of mandatory UK PCR testing.
Testing can increase the price of a vacation by hundreds of dollars for a UK family.