People in Spain will no longer have to wear face masks on public transport, the government has said, ending one of the country's last remaining rules against the coronavirus pandemic.

The rule requiring mask wearing on trains, buses and ferries will expire tomorrow but will still apply in hospitals, health centres and care homes, Spanish health minister Carolina Darias said.

The measure is possible because Spain's Covid-19 "epidemiological situation is enormously stable at the moment," she told a news conference after a weekly cabinet meeting.

In April 2022, Spain ended a nearly two-year rule requiring the use of masks indoors, keeping the obligation only for public transport, hospitals, health centres and care homes.

Masks became obligatory indoors and outdoors shortly after the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in Spain in early 2020.

The restriction for outdoor use was lifted in mid-2021, but was reimposed between December and February amid a major surge of infections of the highly contagious Omicron variant.

Spain, among the hardest-hit countries in the pandemic, managed to gain the upper hand against Covid-19 thanks to vaccinating over 90% of its population.


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