DGS to recommend use of mask in busy public spaces

in News · 21-09-2020 15:42:00 · 3 Comments

The Director-General for Health has today stated that a new guideline will soon be published recommending the use of masks in busy public spaces where physical distance cannot be ensured.

"Very soon, and after consulting national and international experts, guidelines will come out that when people outdoors cannot guarantee for themselves, or others, the recommended physical distance, that they should wear a mask," Graça Freitas said.

During the usual press conference over the covid-19 pandemic, Graça Freitas was asked whether the Health Authorities had changed their minds about the mandatory wearing of masks outdoors as the autumn/winter season approached.

The Director-General refused, however, to consider that this would be a change of opinion, but rather "an evolutionary stance in line with what the risk assessment is going to be".

"Outdoors, the wearing of masks will make sense if we actually go to places where we cannot ensure that we stay away from others. Different is an outdoor situation in the countryside or in the garden", she explained.

For these situations, where distance is easily ensured, the recommendation will be the same and the Directorate General for Health (DGS) still considers that the use of a mask is not necessary.

"If you are outdoors but distant from other people, we will not make that recommendation and people are free to wear it at all times because they feel better, to be able to do so", she added.

At present, wearing a mask is only mandatory in indoor spaces, such as commercial establishments, schools, and on public transport.

At the same press conference, the DGS and the Ministry of Health were also questioned about the possibility of implementing partial lockdowns in Portugal, as is currently happening in Madrid, if it is confirmed that the country is actually entering a second wave of the pandemic.

However, according to the Deputy Secretary of State and Health, António Lacerda Sales, this is not an option.

"Today we know more about the disease, today we are better prepared to respond and therefore partial or general confinement is a public health response that we certainly do not want to trigger again", he stressed.


Amen Sarah you are so right. The muzzle is only implemented as a behavioral control and has nothing to do with our health, because there is no scientific evidence that it works. On the contrary, the muzzle is very bad for your health and the immune system is so badly needed. The muzzle is a metaphor for "shut up"

By nancy stelder from Algarve on 27-09-2020 11:44

Sarah, ewe need to relax...it's not that baa-aa-aa-aa-aa-ad.

By William from Other on 23-09-2020 10:51

This is getting completely out of control, it's absolutely ridiculous!

The government should be ashamed at treating their people in this way - we are not animals that need muzzling!

They claim to know more about the virus now but they clearly don't - do your own research (if it isn't censored) and you will find that lockdowns happened after the virus had peaked and masks were introduced when deaths were minimal - all proof these measures didn't and still don't work.

This is simply an attack on the population to control us - mask wearing is a symbol of being compliant sheep!

This has to stop.

The population of this country are what provides Portugal with its charm and beauty - these measures are destroying it.

Once destroyed, the Portugal we know and love will be gone forever.

By Sarah L from Other on 22-09-2020 06:21
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