Rio to suspend mask use

Progress in epidemiological stats is said to justify the move

Published in 07/03/2022 - 15:00 By Cristina Indio do Brasil - Rio de Janeiro

The city of Rio de Janeiro tomorrow (Mar. 8) will abolish the use of masks in open and closed places. The decision can be found in a recommendation from Rio’s Scientific Committee, drafted in a meeting this morning.

“In accordance with the deliberations of the Scientific Committee, a decree will be issued tomorrow ending the obligation of mask use in both open and closed spaces,” Mayor Eduardo Paes wrote on Twitter.

In the tweet, Paes adds that citizens will no longer be required to show a vaccination passport. In addition to the two measures, the city will urge people to receive the booster dose. “As part of the drive to vaccinate those who may take the booster dose, we’re also doing away with the passport three weeks from now,” he reported.

On Thursday (3), a decree by Governor Cláudio Castro suspended the use of protective masks against COVID-19 in Rio de Janeiro state, leaving the decision to local authorities. The current progress in the epidemiological landscape is believed to justify the end of the requirement.

The state government also took into account the high vaccination coverage against COVID-19 across the state and the advance in immunization for everyone aged five and older in the 92 municipalities making up the state of Rio de Janeiro.

Translation: Fabrício Ferreira -  Edition: Fernando Fraga

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