August 4, 2021

After a lawless day, wearing a mask in the street is now mandatory again

O Mandatory use of masks in public spaces, as part of the Covid-19 pandemic, was extended for another 90 days, thus valid until mid-September.

The law was published in Diário da República this Monday, entering into force today, the 15th, after the last period of obligation ended on Sunday, the 13th. That is, this Monday is not officially in force, the imposition of wearing a mask on the street ceased to exist for a day.

The renewal of the diploma results from a PS law that was approved in general, specialty and final global vote with votes against by Chega and the Liberal Initiative, abstention by the PSD (which, until this renewal, was the author of the diploma and always had voted in favour), BE, PCP, Verdes and non-attached member Joacine Katar Moreira. It had the favorable votes of the socialists, the CDS-PP, the PAN and the non-attached deputy Cristina Rodrigues.

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.

The measure of mandatory use of mask in the street is in force in Portugal since 28 October.

Once the validity of the diploma is extended, without changes, the possibility of applying fines between 100 and 500 euros for those who do not comply is maintained.

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 roads “whenever the physical distance recommended by the health authorities proves impractical “.

There may be 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 of multi-purpose disability or medical statement attesting 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 “is the responsibility of the security forces and the municipal police” and non-compliance with the use of a mask constitutes an administrative offence, sanctioned with a fine of between 100 and 500 euros.

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