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Madrid expands mask-wearing rules to curb covid-19 contagion

FILE PHOTO: A passenger wearing a face mask carries his belongings through platform before boarding a high speed train as Spain lifted the state of emergency after the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown at Atocha rail station in Madrid, Spain, June 21, 2020. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

MADRID (Reuters) - Madrid will make face masks compulsory everywhere at all times as part of a package of measures aimed at preventing coronavirus infections, regional leader Isabel Diaz Ayuso said on Tuesday.

Bars must close at 1 a.m, and gatherings at outdoor restaurant terraces will be capped at 10 people, she said. The region recommends private gatherings at home remain below 10 people but that is not a legal obligation.

Additionally, she asked the central government to increase checks at Madrid’s airport.

Reporting by Belén Carreño and Inti Landauro; writing by Nathan Allen; Editing by Ingrid Melander