Governor Cláudio Castro (PL) sanctioned on Wednesday (27) the law that regulates the use of face masks in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The decision will be published in the Official Gazette this Thursday (28), after being approved by the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro (Alerj) in a single discussion.
After the sanction, the State Department of Health (SES) will publish, in an extra DO also on Thursday, a recommendation to municipalities that must follow the criteria of social distancing, open and closed environment, percentage of population vaccination, holding of events. test, in addition to other criteria for making the use of masks more flexible.
“The flexibilization of the use of masks in open spaces is cause for celebration. More than a year and a half after the decree of public calamity in Brazil due to the pandemic, this measure represents an important leap towards the victory of the state and the people of Rio de Janeiro over the virus. Our commitment to speed up the distribution of vaccines to municipalities was the right path to reach the current scenario of low risk of contamination in all regions. For the fight against covid-19 to be definitively won, I ask that everyone continue to follow the guidelines of the health authorities”, said Governor Cláudio Castro.
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Deputy André Ceciliano (PT), author of the proposal, said that technicians and scientists will define the criteria, timing and conditions for this flexibility. “This is not a political definition, it is science prevailing because it was only through the proven efficacy of vaccination that we were able to deliberate on this issue”, said the president of Alerj.
In places where the SES determines the permanence of the use of masks, the penalties for non-compliance with the rule will continue to apply, which is equivalent to a fine of approximately R$ 100 in the first notice, being doubled in case of recurrence. The fine can be multiplied up to five times in case of repeated non-compliance.
The bench of the Socialism and Freedom Party (Psol) was against the decision. According to party deputies, the measure should only be taken when all municipalities reach 80% of their total populations immunized. In Psol’s assessment, the decision should be technical and not political.
“This decision causes greater confusion about the use of masks and increases health insecurity for all workers, both in their workplaces, as well as in transport and crowded public spaces,” said deputy Renata Souza (Psol).
Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro
Edition: Jaqueline Deister