Masks mandatory in shops, schools and on public transport

in News · 01-05-2020 11:34:00 · 7 Comments

The Prime Minister has said that it will be mandatory to use community masks in spaces where there is a greater concentration of people, such on public transport, in commercial establishments and in schools.

António Costa was speaking at a press conference at the end of the Council of Ministers, after the Government approved the country's transition plan from a state of emergency to a state of calamity in the face of the covid-19 pandemic.

According to the Prime Minister, "the mandatory use of community masks in some spaces where inevitably the number of people and their proximity is more difficult to avoid" will be imposed.

"It is the case of public transport, it is the case of commerce, schools and closed places where there is a high number of people - even imposing the rules, which we will impose, of social distance", stressed the leader of the executive.

António Costa also stated that, in this new period of state of calamity, the country will have "an abundance of masks in the market, contrary to what happened two months ago, masks for community protection and gel or other protection materials will be in abundance".

In addition to the issue of the mandatory use of masks, the Prime Minister referred that, in this new period of calamity, the Government will also set "maximum capacity, with reduced levels, in order to continue to ensure that in the spaces that that will be available there is sufficient separation between people so that there is no excessive risk of contamination ".


In the fascist regime led by Salazar when the government said we HAD to do something and we didn’t do it like a good little well behaved mindless lamb, one would be arrested. Now governments are using the virus to get us used to be submissive and accept orders without question.
Instead of everyone spending their time on Netflix maybe they should ponder such things and oppose them.
However, most people are happy being lambs and getting the lobby puppets in parliament to make decisions for them because it’s easier than using their own heads to do their own thinking...

By Miguel from Lisbon on 07-05-2020 12:58

Great decision to use Mask ????, it will definitely try to contain virus and bring results. Great step to use mask always. Really appreciated

By Imran Pakistan from UK on 03-05-2020 05:56

I just found out that masks are now needed to do some shopping at a supermarket when I queued at my local Continente but was not allowed in without a mask. This explained why most people in the queue had them on, which has not been the case until today. Fortunately, having explained to the security guy that I was willing to buy a mask if this was possible, I was allowed to wait while he made a call and a member of staff from the Wells pharmacy shop that is in the same building got me a packet (they do not sell them singly) but I was happy to pay and now have 10 masks! I can see the sense in this new restriction but am wondering why it was not imposed before this?

By Steve Andrews from Other on 03-05-2020 12:18

I was just in the supermarket tonight and half of the people were not wearing masks myself included. Just to point out this was the first time since this started that I did not wear a mask.

By Dre from Algarve on 02-05-2020 11:22

The virus will only jump to you at a certain time. If your store is open at the wrong time examble. Therefore, opening and closing hours by time everywhere ....

WHO recommends that we do not use a mask. The Prime Minister orders the use....

The beaches are closed due to the general danger of drowning, but less people have drowned in the sand....

I valued Portuguese decision-makers at some point. Now the whole of the EU is one big police state with absurd solutions and rules based on nonsense theories and wild imagination.

By Jussi from Lisbon on 02-05-2020 07:18

yeah but WHERE can you actually get those masks that are available "in abundance". I haven't seen any for sale in the 4 supermarkets I patronize in Portimao, unlike in Germany, where even LIDL and ALDI now sell those

By Wolfy from Algarve on 01-05-2020 07:00

So for the past 5 weeks it hasn't been mandatory to wear masks in confined public areas but all of sudden it is? Where is the logic in this?

By Dave from Algarve on 01-05-2020 06:31
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