Barcelona announce beach smoking ban from July after pilot project

Holidaymakers in Barcelona will no longer have to deal with cigarette butts or passive smoke from July, when Spain’s second-largest city bans smoking on all of its beaches. Authorities in the Spanish city said the move follows a pilot project last year when smoking was banned at four of the city’s 10 local beaches.

A press release specifies: “The beaches prohibited to smokers will offer healthier common living spaces, with less waste and will respect the defense of the environment.”

Several Spanish regions imposed bans in 2020 to curb the spread of Covid-19, while others such as the Balearic Islands, including Mallorca, had already adopted the measure before the pandemic for environmental reasons. The Canary Islands, Andalusia, Galicia and Valencia have all implemented partial or full smoking bans on their beaches.

Earlier this week, Spain’s health minister announced that the government wanted to lift face mask requirements for indoor spaces except public transport and medical centers after Easter, when many residents travel and see their family. Carolina Darias said Wednesday she would present the proposed action at a government cabinet meeting on April 19.

Authorities made outdoor mask use more mandatory in February as a wave of cases caused by the more contagious variant of Omicron subsided. In March, Spain scrapped mandatory home isolation for people infected with the coronavirus but showing no symptoms or mild symptoms.

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