The British territory of Gibraltar is to make mask wearing compulsory in a bid to curtail the coronavirus.
The announcement comes as the Royal Gibraltar Police found that only 1 in 10 people were wearing masks on their own accord.
Gibraltarian politician Fabian Raymond Picardo QC – who is Chief Minister of Gibraltar and Leader of the Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party – said measures had to be taken with 115 people currently infected with one seriously ill in intensive care.
“I genuinely wish to avoid this,” said Picardo.
“But the advice we have is that these are the areas people can accumulate.”
Picardo’s comments are in regard to masks being law when in Main Street, Governor’s Street, Engineer’s Lane, Irish Town and Town Range with all the interconnecting roads under the mask rule also.
There will also be random testing on people coming and going from the Spain – Gibraltar border.
There have been 679 cases of coronavirus in Gibraltar this year with zero deaths.
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