Masks to be used in the streets until mid-SeptemberBy TPN/Lusa, In News · 10 Jun 2021, 12:05 · 8 Comments
Parliament has approved the PS bill that renews the obligation to wear masks in public spaces for another 90 days, a measure that has been in force in Portugal since October 28 and was due to end on June 13 .
This is the third renewal of the diploma, but this time it was the PS who authored the bill, after the PSD announced on Tuesday 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.
Faced with the possibility that this law will not be renewed as of this Sunday, the socialist caucus decided to move forward with a legislative initiative to extend the transitory imposition on the use of masks in the street and in public spaces.
The text extends, in the same terms, the validity of the law in force from October 28th for another 90 days, which extends its effect until mid-September, if it enters into force on June 14th.
"Despite the evolution of the indicators after the end of the state of emergency, as well as the positive evolution of the population's vaccination, the prudence in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic and the phases of deconfinement that have occurred make it unadvisable at this stage to relax some measures adopted with a view to preventing and mitigating the transmission of the SARSCov-2 virus and 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.
Therefore, the PS proposes “one more renewal of the transitory imposition of the mandatory use of masks for access, circulation or permanence in public spaces and streets in cases where the physical distance recommended by health authorities proves impractical”.
Once the validity of the diploma is extended, without changes, the possibility of applying fines between 100 and 500 euros to those who do not comply is maintained.