After approval of the PS bill last week, the mandatory use of masks in public spaces was extended for another 90 days.
The PS bill was approved in general, specialty and final global vote with votes against Chega and the Liberal Initiative, abstention by BE, PCP, PAN, Verdes and non-registered deputy Joacine Katar Moreira, with favorable votes from the PS , the PSD, the CDS-PP and the non-registered deputy Cristina Rodrigues, reported the agency Portuguese.
This is the third renewal of the diploma, but this time it was the PS who authored the bill, after the PSD announced that it would not hand it over again, considering that “it is more coherent”, at this stage of the pandemic, that this is a legislative option of the Government.
“Despite the evolution of the indicators after the end of the state of emergency, as well as the positive evolution of the vaccination of the population, the prudence in the management of the covid-19 pandemic and the phases of deconfinement that have occurred still discourage the relaxation of some measures adopted with a view to preventing and mitigating the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the covid-19 disease, particularly the most basic ones, such as the mandatory use of masks in public spaces”, states the text in the explanatory memorandum.
The text extends, under the same terms, the validity of the law in force since October 28 for another 90 days, starting today, which extends until September 13th.
“Underlining the permanence of a broad consensus on the use of masks in public spaces, which can be very important for the ongoing process of gradual disconfinement, which wants to be irreversible”, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa enacted the law at the end of last week.
The law, as published in Diário da República this Monday, “determines the renewal of the transitory imposition of the mandatory use of masks for access, circulation or permanence in public spaces and streets, extending, for the third time, the validity of the Law No. 62-A/2020, of October 27”.
The diploma determines that the use of a mask (which cannot be replaced by a visor) is mandatory for those over ten years of age for access, circulation or permanence in public spaces and streets “whenever the physical distance recommended by the health authorities proves impractical ”.
There may be an exemption from this obligation “in relation to people who are part of the same household, when they are not in the vicinity of third parties” or upon presentation of a medical certificate multipurpose disability or medical statement that the clinical condition or cognitive impairment does not allow the use of masks.
It is also not mandatory to wear a mask when this “is incompatible with the nature of the activities that people are carrying out”.
Inspection, on the other hand, “is the responsibility of the security forces and the municipal police” and the non-compliance with the use of a mask constitutes an infraction, sanctioned with a fine between the 100 and 500 euros.