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Wearing a mask is no longer compulsory

The use of masks and visors is no longer compulsory in health establishments and services and in residential or care facilities for the elderly and vulnerable populations, according to a decree published in the Diário da República

"Although the use of masks remains an important measure to prevent the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, especially in environments and populations at greater risk, it is considered appropriate to cease the mandatory use of masks and visors in establishments and health services and residential or reception facilities or home support services for vulnerable populations, the elderly or people with disabilities, as well as in integrated long-term care units of the National Network of Integrated Continuing Care," says the law, which comes into force today.

The government justifies this decision with "the evolution of the epidemiological situation of covid-19 disease, scientific knowledge, effectiveness and high vaccination coverage reached in Portugal, the level of knowledge acquired by the population on public health measures, including use of mask, respiratory etiquette, ventilation of spaces and physical distance", which allowed to reduce the lethality and mortality, the incidence of the disease, the impact on health services and resume economic and social activity.

According to the Government, Portugal is in line with other European countries, having already proceeded to the elimination of most restrictive measures in response to the pandemic of the covid-19 disease.

On the day the law was approved by the Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Health said it maintains the recommendation to use masks, especially in closed environments or agglomerations, by vulnerable people, such as those with chronic diseases or are in situation of reduced immunity, with increased risk for covid-19.


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