The Government of Spain distributes 480,000 masks in the Canary Islands for distribution starting tomorrow

The Government of Spain has delivered to the Canary Islands a total of 480,000 masks that will begin to be distributed as of tomorrow in the main points of the Autonomous Community for those people who have to move to work and it is more complex to maintain the safety distance.

This measure is framed within the strict limitation of movements in force since the start of the state of alarm and is in line with the priorities and recommendations set by the Ministry of Health, among which the use of masks is recommended for those workers who cannot telecommute or travel by private vehicle, bicycle or on foot and have to use public transport with a large influx of people.

The 480,000 masks will be distributed mainly at bus and tram stations, and at ports and airports throughout the archipelago starting tomorrow.

The 10 million masks, acquired and managed by the Government of Spain, have been distributed throughout the country. In the Canary Islands today, routes for distribution have been organized and the Government Delegation in the Canary Islands is coordinating with the government subdelegations the items corresponding to the territory.

The Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, and the Minister of Territorial Policy and Public Function, Carolina Darias, held a video meeting this Saturday afternoon with all the Government delegates to detail and organize both the distribution by communities and the distribution operation by the main public transport nodes. The deputy secretary of the Ministry of the Interior, Isabel Goicoechea, and the general director of Civil Protection and Emergencies, Leonardo Marcos, also participated in the meeting.

Distribution in territories

The Ministry of Health recommends teleworking first and secondly that all those who have the ability to travel to work by private vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle or on foot, do so, avoiding transfers by public transport.

The distribution will take place tomorrow Tuesday in the Canary Islands. The masks will be available exclusively for those people who have to travel to their jobs in transport systems where it is more difficult to maintain the safety distance.

The distribution of masks will be carried out by members of the National Civil Protection System and volunteers with the participation of the Security Forces and Bodies, both from the State as well as the autonomous and local ones.

The National Civil Protection System is coordinated by the General Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergencies of the Ministry of the Interior and is made up of members of the General Administration of the State, the Autonomous Communities and the Local Corporations, among other actors. The system, activated since the declaration of the alarm status, coordinates the action of nearly 350,000 people in total.

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