Return of the mandatory mask?

The Government can decide, from December 16, to use masks in public spaces, if it deems this measure necessary to control the pandemic.

This decree, approved by Parliament on November 26 and promulgated by the President of the Republic three days later, comes into force the day after its publication, on Thursday, and expires on March 1, 2022.

In practice, the diploma which was presented by the socialist caucus empowers the Government to decree, through the Council of Ministers, the compulsory wearing of the mask in the street without the authorization of the Assembly of the Republic.

“If the measure appears necessary, adequate and proportionate to the prevention, containment or mitigation of epidemiological infection by Covid-19, the Government may, by the Resolution of the Council of Ministers declaring an alert situation, contingency or calamity, determine the obligation to use a mask by people over 10 years of age for access, circulation or permanence in public spaces and streets whenever the physical distancing recommended by health authorities are proving impracticable ”, specifies the decree.

As for the conditions which determine this need, the diploma only mentions that it will be “measured according to data relating to the evolution of the pandemic, namely according to the increase in the number of infections and the rate of transmission of disease “. , without quantifying it.

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