Brazil: from today the use of the mask is mandatory again
From this November 25, The use of a chinstrap will be mandatory on planes and airports in Brazil. The National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) implemented the measure due to the increase in covid-19 cases in recent weeks.
The initiative was reapplied after the government decided to lift the restrictions on August 17 of this year. On that occasion, the authorities justified that the pandemic scenario allowed them to convert the mandatory use of the chinstrap into a recommended individual protection measure, but not imposed on travelers.
The new resolution, which was approved on Tuesday, established the following requirements:
- The use of masks will be mandatory both inside airport and aircraft terminals and in means of transport (such as buses) and other establishments located in these areas;
- The masks must fit the face, covering the nose, chin and mouth, minimizing the spaces that allow the entry or exit of air and respiratory droplets;
- Inside the aircraft and other areas of the terminals (such as food courts), it will only be allowed to remove the mask for hydration and food;
- Exceptions to this last rule are children under 3 years of age, people with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, sensory deficiencies or any other disability that prevents them from making proper use of the protection. In these cases, the use of masks is not mandatory.
However, the new measure adopted prohibits the following:
- The isolated use of the facial protector (not accompanied by the use of a mask) in those environments where facial protection is mandatory;
- The use of acrylic or plastic masks;
- The use of masks that have exhalation valves (generally used in civil construction), including the No. 95 and PFF2 of this model;
- The use of scarves, cloth handkerchiefs or any other material that is not characterized as a protective mask for professional or non-professional use;
- The use of non-professional protective masks made with a single layer of protection.
It is worth mentioning that Brazil has accumulated almost 690,000 deaths and more than 35 million infections since the pandemic began. The National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass) released data showing that in the first twenty days of November the number of infections exceeded 95,000, an increase of 292% compared to the previous month.