The obligation to wear a mask in the car has a deadline. We explain how long this regulation will last.

They are mandatory since last May 21 and if there is something that has been clear since then it is that the masks are here to stay. As a good safety and hygiene protocol that is, its use will continue for a time to fight the spread and spread of the coronavirus … but, How long do you have to wear the mask inside the car?

For now the answer is not clear. At first, the Government indicated that the presence of this protection element is contemplated until there is an effective vaccine or treatment against Covid-19. However, Salvador Illa, Minister of Health, pointed out that they will remain until the Executive declares the end of the current health crisis.

When will that moment come? It remains unknown as the only thing that is clear is that the outcome will be adopted after a report from the Coordination Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies and after listening to the different autonomous communities in the Inter-territorial Council of the National Health System.

When should you wear a mask in the car?

Until then, we will have to continue wearing the mask in the car. Always? No, only when we use the service of a taxi, a VTC, a carsharing vehicle or when we share ours with people who are not cohabitants. Also, remember that in this case all available places can be occupied. In the rest of the scenarios it will not be compulsory.

At the same time you have to remember the exceptions in which we are exempt from wearing it: when there is some type of respiratory difficulty that may be aggravated, when it is contraindicated for health reasons or when behavioral changes in situations of disability or dependency make it unfeasible.

The fine for not wearing a mask in the car

Article 6.1 of Royal Decree Law 21/2020 of June 9 is in charge of establishing the mandatory nature of the mask. Failure to comply with this provision is considered a minor offense and is punishable by an economic sanction that, in most cases, amounts to 100 euros.

This article was published in Autobild by Elena Sanz Bartolomé