It will be this Friday, October 23, that the parliament will debate the approval of the bill submitted by the PSD that requires the use of masks on the street for a minimum period of three months and, after that, may be extended. It is known that the diploma must have its approval guaranteed with the favorable votes of the PSD, PS and CDS-PP.
As for the Bloco de Esquerda, the party should make the diploma generally viable, since the first moment, “the need to wear a mask on the street, in crowded contexts”, explains a party source to Agência Lusa, cited by the “Observador” newspaper. The same source also admits that it will be in the voting on the specialty that the party will also propose the free distribution of masks so that the mandatory use does not penalize “the most vulnerable sectors of the population”.
The PCP and the ENP will abstain from voting, according to sources linked to both parties. André Ventura, sole deputy and leader of Chega, will not vote because he is campaigning in the Azores – but he had already shown himself against the measure. Likewise, the Liberal Initiative also made it known that it will not vote in favor of the bill proposed by the PSD.
The PSD initiative determines the mandatory use of a mask for those over ten years of age to access, circulate or stay in public spaces and roads “whenever the physical distance recommended by health authorities proves impractical”, writes the same newspaper.
But there are exceptions in relation, for example, “to people who belong to the same household, when they are not close to third parties” or by presenting a medical certificate that proves that the clinical condition or cognitive impairment does not allow the use of mask.
The use of a mask is no longer mandatory when it is “incompatible with the nature of the activities that people are carrying out”, the same publication says.
Failure to do so results in a fine between 100 and 500 euros.