Handmade Masks Soon Disallowed

SPN Homemade Face MasksWhen the pandemic began there just weren’t enough masks to go round, so groups of friends or block neighbours began churning out homemade masks – all change!

You could ask yourself why there weren’t enough masks to go round, which led to speculation and abusive prices, but that’s another story.

What concerns this article is the fact that the Government wants to regulate mask quality, so a piece of curtain with two loops of elastic as a mask will no longer be permissible.

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs will be rolling out additional regulations to those concerning pricing that came in to counter price speculation. Consequently, masks will have minimum standards and bear quality-control tags.

Already hospitals and medical centres are stopping people entering with only this kind of (homemade) mask because they do not provide a seal around the face.

The first step is that masks should have an item tag stipulating the characteristics of the mask, washing instructions, efficieny loss, etc.

Furthermore, masks will no longer (once the norms come into effect) be able to have “inscriptions, signs, anagrams, drawings or indications that could mislead the consumer concerning the quality of the mask the he or she is purchasing.” Even those masks that have a changeable filter insert will have to conform to filter specifications.

(News: Spain)

  6 comments for “Handmade Masks Soon Disallowed

  1. October 15, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    Caroline wrote: “This is FAKE NEWS! Are you an authority on what constitutes “homemade” and could you kindly confirm the source of this “news”?”

    Typing in full caps does not make something ‘true.’ Disappointing for you, I am sure.

    Concerning the veracity of the article: this was from an announcement made by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs on the 13th of October. You will find the press release on the Moncloa website belonging to the Government.

    https://www.lamoncloa.gob.es/serviciosdeprensa/notasprensa/consumo/Paginas/2020/131020-mascarillas.aspx

  2. October 15, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    Caroline: your mobile phone (or cell phone as you would call it), your computer or tablet was made in a sweatshop but that does not appear to make you refuse to use one despite the plight of the workers involved.

    Your youtube link to footage posted by Crazy Flat Earther showing Southern Asians working in a sweat shop producing surgical masks, is pretty much covered by my above paragraph. Readers can google such workshops for themselves.

    If people are lazy and inconsiderate; i.e., they litter all around them with things that they discard, then that has nothing to do with the quality of the masks involved but rather the mentality of many people.

  3. Carolina
    October 15, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Yesterday, I went for a walk in the countryside and the scenery was littered with those dirty blue masks, which were blowing everywhere. The cities are worse! If people have good quality “homemade” masks, they tend to take care of them, wash them regularly and store them carefully.

    Those blue masks are made in sweat shops by desperately poor people who don’t wear masks themselves. I refuse to wear one!

  4. Carolina
    October 15, 2020 at 10:36 am

    This is FAKE NEWS! Are you an authority on what constitutes “homemade” and could you kindly confirm the source of this “news”?

  5. October 15, 2020 at 10:31 am

    Brenda: If they purchased them, then they’re not homemade in the majority of cases. Furthermore, if they paid a “considerable amount” then they are good masks that meet the requirements.

    People have been turning up with scarves around their mouths to serve as masks, which was a necessity back in March because you couldn’t buy surgical masks anywhere, much less the more efficient type.

    People continue to make a mockery of mask usage, which can only be tackled with hefty fines, but then you will get people complaining that it’s “all about money.” Whatever the Government does, it can’t win.

  6. Brenda berry
    October 15, 2020 at 9:05 am

    And who is going to pay for this? Many people with small budgets have outlaid a considerable amount to purchase many masks so they will last between laundry loads each week or so. Now we are expected to trash those and get more?! Forget it. Every day the rules change, and no one is winning. Some of my masks cost $15 and more each! This Covid has been going seven months, so this needed to have been thought of from the earlier times. First off give mask care and wearing some promotion to stop the nose exclusion folk, and the chin wearers, rear view mirror holders etc.

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