318 days later, masks are no longer mandatory on the street

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Mario Oliveira / SEMCOM

The use of a mask abroad is no longer mandatory from this Monday, 318 days later, becoming optional and recommended in some situations, such as crowds of people.

this obligation lasted a total of 318 days, since the approval of the law, on October 28, 2020, in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, and has been successively renewed by parliament — which will not happen now.

Thus, the end of the mandatory use of masks in outdoor public spaces happens on the day when the last diploma expires approved by the parliament and promulgated by the President of the Republic, on June 11, for a period of 90 days, with the Assembly of the Republic not having proposed its renewal.

The General Directorate of Health (DGS) told Lusa that it is reviewing the guidance on the use of masks, which become optional abroad and recommended in some situations, bringing together clusters of people.

“The guidance on the use of masks, which is being revised, will move towards fail to recommend universal use of masks abroad, which can be used on an optional basis”, according to the DGS.

However, he points out that, in “special situations, namely foreseeable or potential clusters of people, specific contexts and particular clinical situations“The mask will be recommended.

In a hearing on Wednesday, in parliament, at the request of the PSD, on the obligatory nature of masks, the director-general of Health, Graça Freitas, pointed out as exceptions to the continued use of masks the playground in schools, as well as in population centers and outdoor events.

“The indirect transmission of the virus is by accumulation of aerosols and obviously this route is much less effective outdoors than indoors. Anyway, the recommendation is that, in clusters and in special contexts”, the mask must be used, said Graça Freitas .

The Directorate-General for Health makes recommendations on the use of masks and it is up to the Assembly of the Republic to determine their mandatory use. The diploma on the mandatory use of masks in outdoor public spaces was renewed three times by parliament.

In turn, the Association of Public Health Physicians defends the continued use of mask to prevent covid-19 and flu, and there is a “more controlled” winter, allowing the NHS to resume the delay in care activity.

Speaking to Lusa news agency, the acting president of the National Association of Public Health Physicians (ANMSP), Gustavo Tato Borges, stated that there is no set date to stop wearing the mask.

“The National Association of Public Health Physicians continues to suggest that, especially in this winter phase that we are entering, the mask continues to be personal protective equipment used by all or almost all so that we can protect ourselves, not only from covid-19, but also from the flu”, defended Gustavo Tato Jorge.