The President of the Republic enacted this Monday the decree of the Assembly of the Republic that determines the mandatory use of a mask on the street, for a period of 70 days, whenever it is not possible to comply with the recommended physical distance.
This promulgation was announced today through a note on the website of the Presidency of the Republic on the Internet.
“It is mandatory the use of a mask by people aged 10 and older for access, circulation or permanence in public spaces and roads whenever the physical distance recommended by health authorities proves impractical”, reads in the diploma, which come into force on the day following its publication.
Failure to comply with this obligation – from which “people who are part of the same household, when they are not in the vicinity of third parties”, or who present a medical declaration for that purpose – are exempt from sanctions, with a fine of 100 to 500 euros.
At issue is a bill for Social Democrats that was approved on Friday with votes in favor of PS, PSD, CDS-PP and PAN and the non-registered deputy Cristina Rodrigues, with abstentions from BE, PCP, PEV and the non-registered deputy Joacine Katar Moreira and the Liberal Initiative voting against.
The initiative to make wearing masks on the street mandatory came from the Government, through a law proposal that caused controversy mainly due to another measure: the mandatory use of the Stayaway Covid mobile phone application.
To expedite the approval of the mandatory use of masks in the public space, the PSD presented a bill with just this measure and the Government withdrew the scheduling of its proposal in parliament.
In the vote on this special bill, some amendments to the PSD’s articles were approved. As proposed by the PS, the measure will be in force for 70 days – instead of 90 – and is expected to be “evaluated, regarding the need for its renewal, at the end of that period”.
As for the exceptions, the diploma promulgated today establishes that the mandatory use of a mask is waived “upon presentation of a medical certificate of multipurpose disability or a medical declaration, in the case of people with cognitive disabilities, development and psychological disorders” , or “of a medical statement attesting that the person’s clinical condition is not consistent with the use of masks”.
According to the diploma, this obligation also does not apply “in relation to people who are part of the same household, when they are not in proximity to third parties” or “when the use of a mask is incompatible with the nature of the activities that people are in. to perform “.
The BE and PAN wanted the distribution of masks to be free, but these proposals were rejected on Friday, the day when the vote was held in plenary in general, in the specialty and global final, for reasons of urgency.
These parties managed, however, to include in the project an article for “awareness campaigns, in social media and among the population, to be carried out on the importance of wearing a mask in public spaces and roads”.
BE also saw an amendment approved so that, in matters of inspection, the role of the security forces and municipal police is “primarily a function of awareness and pedagogy for the importance of wearing a mask in public spaces and roads when it is not possible maintain the social distance “.
Portugal accounts for at least 2,343 deaths associated with covid-19 in 121,133 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).