São Paulo ends mandatory mask use outdoors

Many have chosen to keep masks on nonetheless

Published in 11/03/2022 - 13:40 By Elaine Patricia Cruz - São Paulo

A large number of people could be seen without a mask on bustling around on Paulista Avenue in downtown São Paulo, on Thursday (Mar. 10), one day after the state government announced the end of mandatory mask use in open spaces. Those not wearing one did not make up the majority, however, often claiming they feel more protected having them on.

The requirement was waived throughout the state of São Paulo, in streets, squares, parks, school yards, football stadiums, open venues, and race tracks. In closed spaces—such as classrooms, stores, public transportation, cinemas, theaters, hospitals, offices, shopping malls, and public buildings—wearing face protection is still mandatory.

However, mask use is still recommended by the São Paulo Scientific Committee, especially among crowds, as is often the case at outdoor concerts and stadiums, and to people at higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

Translation: Fabrício Ferreira -  Edition: Nádia Franco

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