Wearing a mask has become compulsory in the Spanish region of Extremadura, as the regional government wants to curb coronavirus outbreaks. However, La Unión Extremadura has asked the Councillor of Health and Social Services, José María Vergeles, for agricultural laborers working in the open ground to be exempt.
They recalled that the resolution published in the DOE last Friday specifies that the use of masks will not be required "when it is incompatible with the nature of the activities carried out."
The agrarian organization says that highly physical work is currently being carried out in Extremaduran fields at temperatures higher than 40 degrees Celsius, so they believe that this activity should be included in the list of exemptions.
"It makes no sense for people who do sports to be exempt while workers who are currently picking fruit, carrying straw bales or watering corn and tomatoes with temperatures as high as 42 degrees Celsius are forced to use it."
For this reason, the health authorities have been asked to explicitly state that agricultural workers in the open ground are exempt from the obligation of wearing masks. In their opinion, this point should be clarified and not left to the interpretation of labor inspectors or law enforcers.