“Chega comes to propose that the use of the mask in most
places is no longer mandatory, keeping this mandatory only in health
establishments or in structures for the elderly or other people in a situation
of special vulnerability, dropping its use in collective passenger transport,
including air transport, as well as in the transport of passengers by taxi or
TVDE”, reads the explanatory memorandum.
In the bill sent to newsrooms, Chega recognises that “the
mask was an important tool in the fight against the pandemic”, but argues that
“its mandatory use also has negative impacts on the population”, and considers
that “after a period of mass vaccination and finally some control over the
pandemic” it is “time to definitively recover normality”.
Pointing to “the impact that wearing a mask has on
children’s lives”, namely “on learning processes and outcomes”, the Chega Parliamentary
Group also wants to increase the maximum age for wearing a mask from 12 to 15
In the explanatory statement, the far-right party also
points out that the rise in temperatures enhances the “irregular use of the use
of a mask due to the discomfort caused by the heat”.
According to Chega, it makes no sense for planes, taxis or
TVDE to force passengers to wear a mask when in hairdressers or banks “often
operating in spaces equal or even smaller than a bus” there is no such