Starting Wednesday, the use of masks will once again be mandatory in public hospitals and health centers in Spain, as announced by the Ministry of Health. This decision comes in response to the outbreak of winter viruses, particularly the flu. The move follows days of consideration, with some Spanish regions expressing disagreements.
The decision was made following a meeting between representatives from various Spanish regions to address “coordinated public health actions against these epidemic peaks.” It’s worth noting that the mandatory use of masks will not apply to pharmacies, according to the Ministry of Health.
Last Friday, the Minister of Health, Mónica García, stated on the X social network that the Spanish government intended to reintroduce the obligation of wearing masks due to the “notable increase in infections from respiratory viruses.”
Medical professionals had been warning for days about the rise in cases of the flu, as well as COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the mandatory use of masks was widely observed in Spain, where lockdown measures were among the strictest globally.