COVID-19 : Coronavirus | Can you smoke on the bar terraces and when is it prohibited?

The coronavirus pandemic has brought into our lives endless measures that, in some autonomous communities, are not necessarily the same. After a few moments, it was thought that one of the main sources of contagion were the surfaces, finally the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized the transmission of the virus through aerosols.

Many of the measures applied are precisely along the lines of prevent these from spreading when we are on the street together with people who are not part of the family nucleus. One of them is to limit the smoking restriction on bar and restaurant terraces when there is no minimum safety distance.

Galicia, last August, was the first to introduce this measure. He prohibited smoking on the terraces if there was not a minimum distance of 1.5 meters with other people. In general, you can smoke on the terraces whenever possible to keep the minimum safety distance, which can be 1.5 or two meters depending on the autonomous community.

Asturias and Castilla y León do not allow it

However, the communities of Asturias and Castilla y León have tougher measures, which do not allow the act of smoking on terraceseven though the safety distance can be maintained. “You cannot smoke on the terraces,” said the Spanish-Leon vice president, Francisco Igea, recently.

The risk of contagion

Jose Luis Jimenez, professor of chemistry at the University of Colorado and one of the top aerosol experts, has exposed on several occasions the risk of being infected in this way. “If you were near the smoker while talking, I would inhale a large amount of smoke. Replace smoke with aerosols containing viruses, which behave very similarly, and the impact would be the same: the closer you are to someone who exhales virus-bearing aerosols, the more likely you are to breathing in enough virus to spread“.