Spain’s government has proposed a nationwide mandate for individuals to wear masks in hospitals and health clinics.

Yes, COVID-19 insanity is making a return.

Per Reuters:

Spain’s government proposed a nationwide mandate for people to wear masks in hospitals and health clinics on Monday, and Italy said respiratory illness infection rates had hit a record, as flu and COVID spread across Europe.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control recommended that people on the continent stay home if they feel sick, and consider wearing masks in crowds or healthcare settings, with flu spreading as it typically does this time of year but hitting some countries harder than others.

It said Europeans should follow national guidelines on vaccinating vulnerable groups. Flu is now circulating at higher levels than other common respiratory pathogens, including the Sars-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, it said.

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Multiple Spanish regions have already mandated masks for patients, visitors and staff at hospitals.

The country’s central government now wants to expand the mask mandate nationwide.

However, reports indicate there has been some pushback from regional leaders.

In the end, peaceful non-compliance from the people is the only way forward.

Reuters reports:

Five Spanish regions have reintroduced rules making face masks compulsory in health facilities following a spike in flu and COVID-19 cases over the festive season.

In the last week of December, 953 cases per 100,000 inhabitants were presenting at primary healthcare centers around the country with acute respiratory illness, while hospitalization rates showed a steeper upwards increase than last year.

In some regions, the rate of respiratory infections was more than 1,500 per 100,000 inhabitants.

The region of Valencia is among the hardest hit. There, health chiefs instructed people with symptoms, as well as medical professionals, and family and friends in waiting rooms to wear masks for the foreseeable future.

It also left the door open to the rule being extended to other areas where people with vulnerable health gather.

Catalonia, Aragon and Murcia issued the same instruction while Galicia has recommended mask use.

The United States isn’t immune to the reintroduction of mask mandates.

WLTReport noted:

Leftists are getting all too hungry for a taste of the power they had over the population during the 2020 pandemic…

At least, that’s how it appears in cities like St. Louis, MO – where a mask mandate was imposed, then rescinded, all within a 24 hour time period.

The health director of the St. Louis had told city workers that, beginning on January 5, they would be required to wear masks when indoors or riding with another passenger in city-owned vehicles.

The mask mandate was originally based on a spike in influenza cases, as well as COVID and RSV hospitalizations.

However, around 24 hours after it was imposed, the mask mandate was canceled after it received push-back from city workers who did not want to comply with the rule.

The city health department cited a need to “clarify the information” as the reason for abruptly reversing course.

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