As the popular destination dangles on a precipice of a new wave of Covid-19 infections, Spanish authorities said it will be mandatory for all people aged six and over to wear face coverings “on public streets, in outdoor spaces and in any closed space that has a public use or is open to the public”.
This will apply to people who are sunbathing or even swimming in the sea.
But the social distancing aspect will be removed from Wednesday making masks essential no matter what the distance.
According to the latest Spanish Health Ministry report on the pandemic, released on Monday, the 14-day cumulative number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants now stands at 149 an increase on the week before.
Until now, regional governments were free to adapt the rules with some introducing exceptions for certain situations, such as going to the beach.
But under the new law, that some locals fear will damage tourism, regional governments can no longer introduce changes meaning everyone is bound by the same rules.
He told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “We just need to exercise caution and be sensible and pragmatic about how we do that.
“I think the vast majority of people are and will do that, they will enjoy the sunshine this week and at the Easter Weekend, but they’ll do so in a sensible and cautious way.
“The two things aren’t mutually exclusive – you can go and out, have fun, enjoy the great outdoors and the sunshine, while also trying to be careful, sticking to the rules and trying to avoid the most crowded places.”
He added: “What we hope and expect to happen is that we can continue moving forward through the road map and this will be a irreversible opening up of society and the economy.
“There’s nothing that’s happened so far that leads us to think that isn’t correct.”