MercoPress, en Español

Montevideo, August 11th 2020 - 23:22 UTC

 

 

Bolsonaro waters down law making it mandatory to wear face masks in public places

Saturday, July 4th 2020 - 08:28 UTC
Full article
Bolsonaro alleged the article was unconstitutional, saying it could “possibly violate the home” in referring to closed places where businesses and meetings take place. Bolsonaro alleged the article was unconstitutional, saying it could “possibly violate the home” in referring to closed places where businesses and meetings take place.

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday watered down a law requiring the wearing of face masks in public places to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The far-right leader used his veto power to remove articles obliging people to wear masks in shops and churches.

Face coverings are already mandatory in several states, such as Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and the capital Brasilia, but this was the first such law on a national level.

One of the original articles stipulated that masks must be worn in “commercial and industrial establishments, religious temples, teaching premises and also closed places where people are gathering.”

Bolsonaro alleged the article was unconstitutional, saying it could “possibly violate the home” in referring to closed places where businesses and meetings take place.

The Chamber of Deputies insisted this clause referred to places that are “accessible to the public” and not homes, which are protected by the constitution.

Bolsonaro also vetoed articles requiring shops and businesses to provide staff with masks and public authorities to distribute masks to “economically vulnerable people.”

Congress must now study the president's vetoes and decide whether to maintain or reverse them.

On Tuesday, a judge overturned a court ruling requiring Bolsonaro to wear a face mask in public, deeming it unnecessary given it was already obligatory in the capital Brasilia.

Brazil is the second worst-hit country in the world in the pandemic, with more than 61,000 deaths and 1.5 million cases.

Top Comments

Disclaimer & comment rules

Commenting for this story is now closed.
If you have a Facebook account, become a fan and comment on our Facebook Page!