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Spain: First mask-only shop opens in Barcelona

Spain, Barcelona
October 27, 2020 at 16:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Spain's first shop specialising on designer face masks opened for business in Barcelona, as filmed on Tuesday.

The URBNMSK store offers more than 350 models including official masks of FC Barcelona and other Spanish football clubs, as well as t-shirts sporting social-distancing slogans.

All masks are reusable and come at a price ranging between €8.90 ($10.53/£8.06) and €14.95 ($17.69/£13.54).

"We observed and took the example of Japan, a country that suffered a lot of pandemics and where the mask stayed with the population," said URBNMSK Project Manager Hector Pardo. "We think that even this pandemic stays with us for half a year or a year - we hope that it will last for a bit - the mask will stay on a high percentage of the population."

In July, Catalonia made mask-wearing mandatory in all public spaces, regardless of whether social distancing is being observed.

On Sunday, the Spanish government declared a sixth-month nationwide state of emergency to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Spain has registered 1,098,320 cases of the novel coronavirus and 35,031 deaths related to the virus, according to data from John Hopkins University.

Spain: First mask-only shop opens in Barcelona04:08
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Spain's first shop specialising on designer face masks opened for business in Barcelona, as filmed on Tuesday.

The URBNMSK store offers more than 350 models including official masks of FC Barcelona and other Spanish football clubs, as well as t-shirts sporting social-distancing slogans.

All masks are reusable and come at a price ranging between €8.90 ($10.53/£8.06) and €14.95 ($17.69/£13.54).

"We observed and took the example of Japan, a country that suffered a lot of pandemics and where the mask stayed with the population," said URBNMSK Project Manager Hector Pardo. "We think that even this pandemic stays with us for half a year or a year - we hope that it will last for a bit - the mask will stay on a high percentage of the population."

In July, Catalonia made mask-wearing mandatory in all public spaces, regardless of whether social distancing is being observed.

On Sunday, the Spanish government declared a sixth-month nationwide state of emergency to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Spain has registered 1,098,320 cases of the novel coronavirus and 35,031 deaths related to the virus, according to data from John Hopkins University.

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