The prime minister said on Wednesday that Spain should allow a face mask to be thrown out outdoors as part of the package, which includes the fast-growing Omicron coronavirus, a program that will give a warning to the public.
As the nearly 80% of the population was vaccinated and the booster program was increasing, despite the devastating invasion from northern Europe.
The recent arrival of Omicron showed an increase in numbers on Wednesday, with nearly 60,000 new infections in total on Wednesday, though hospital admissions and intensive care cases still relatively low in comparison to the first wave of COVID-19.
Some experts and opposition parties have criticised Sanchez for not reimposing restrictions on movement due to the spread of Omicron, rather than for the rest of the European countries, but he rejected it.
"It's not March 2020 or Christmas 2020," said Sanchez, saying that in a comparison to previous occurrences, it was due to the increased vaccination rate for the Spanish population, which was compared to the previous occurrences of the pandemic when no vaccine was available.
In Spain, for example, it's not necessary for the indoor mask-wearing of clothing, and many Spaniards use to get their faces covered in other spaces as well, although it was dropped in June.
On Thursday, mandatory outdoor mask-wearing will be approved at an extraordinary cabinet meeting on Christmas Day and take effect on Christmas Eve. But Sanchez said there will be several exceptions, such as those when people live in the house with live-in friends.
The government said that the lack of education is not a good thing.
Spain's regions are responsible for their healthcare system and have the power to limit indoor capacity and office hours, but many people have only made non-constitutional recommendations for citizens.
Starch political differences between the regions complicate any broader agreement on concrete restrictions and mean that local approaches to reducing infections vary widely.
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