Portugal’s parliament passes a bill imposing mandatory use of masks in public spaces

On October 23, Portugal’s parliament gave its nod to a bill that will impose mandatory use of mask on the streets and in public spaces. The move comes in efforts to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus.

The bill passed by the parliament says, “The use of a mask is compulsory for all people over ten years old to access, circulate or stay in public spaces and roads whenever the physical distance recommended by health authorities are impossible.”

The order was given a nod a day after authorities reported 3,270 new cases of COVID-19, the highest single-day spike in Coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The move will be in effect for at least 70 days. Those violating the order will face fines between 100 Euros ($118) and 500 Euros ($590).

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