Tourists and locals caught throwing away disposable face masks and gloves in Spanish streets are to face fines of up to 3,000 EUR.
Several councils in Spain have approved new regulations for those caught throwing away the protective equipment in the face of many citizens being forced to wear them.
In Toledo, a popular tourist city in the central Spanish region of Castile-La Mancha, new regulations mean those caught throwing away face masks and gloves in the street face fines of between 150 and 3,000 EUR depending on the grade of the infraction.
In Burgos, in the central Spanish region of Castile and Leon, rule breakers face fines of up to 600 EUR , according to local media.
In Cadiz, a popular area for tourists in the southern region of Andalusia, the new fines range from between 100 and 750 EUR .
New regulations have also been approved in smaller municipalities, such as in Bollullos de Mitacion, in Seville province also in Andalusia where fines can reach up to 900 EUR .
In Archena, in the southeastern region of Murcia, fines will range from between 600 and 2,500 EUR , depending on the situation.
The Spanish Government announced on 20th May that face masks must be worn on public transport and in public places where social distancing of two metres cannot be respected.
The country’s Health Ministry has said that face masks and gloves should be thrown away at home into a rubbish bag before being correctly disposed of.
For those who are infected with COVID-19, the equipment should be placed into a closed bag which should then be put into a second bag and then a third bag before being placed into a specific bin for the rubbish.
According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Spain has registered 239,479 cases of COVID-19 and 27,127 related deaths.