Spain is bringing back face masks in hospitals and healthcare centres across the country from today, the Health Ministry said. The Mail has the story.
The new Leftist minority coalition Government is imposing the measure despite opposition from most of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions.
“We are talking about putting on a mask when you enter a health centre and taking it off when you leave,” Health Minister Monica Garcia told Cadena Ser radio.
“I don’t think it is any drama. It is a basic and simple measure of the first order,” she added.
Spain’s hospitals have come under immense pressure in recent weeks following a spike in cases of flu, COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.
Ms. Garcia’s ministry decided to impose the measure after failing to reach an agreement with regional health authorities, many of whom argued that mask use should be recommended but not obligatory.
Regional governments are in charge of healthcare although the central Government can intervene if it deems it necessary.
Six regions have already introduced the measure and masks have been commonly used on streets and public transport and in health centres in recent months.