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Mandatory Wearing of Masks Will Remain

A statement issued yesterday by the Minister for Health, Marta Temido, acknowledged that the use of masks would be mandatory for everyone entering highly populated enclosed spaces such as supermarkets and public transport, even after the State of Emergency (SToE) in Portugal has ended.

Attending the daily press conference at the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), the Health Minister said that the use of masks is an “additional and supplementary measure” to those that already exist, such as social detachment, hand washing and disinfection.

However, although the effectiveness of masks in preventing the transmission of Covid-19 “has not been proven,” the DGS believe it will have a positive impact with regards to public health. The use of surgical masks is already used by several professional groups, namely security, military personnel, firefighters and food home delivery services, among others.

In turn, non-surgical masks (social or community mask), can be made from cotton or other textiles and still comply with European regulations.

Samantha Gannon

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Madeira Weekly