The Directorate General for Health (DGS) today updated guidance on the mandatory and recommended use of a mask, considering that its use remains an “important measure” to contain infections.
“Despite the high vaccination coverage in Portugal, the use of masks in the community is an effective measure to prevent the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and therefore remains an important measure to contain the infection, especially in environments and populations most at risk. infection,” says the document signed by the director general, Graça Freitas.
The guidelines recall that Portugal has eliminated most restrictive measures to respond to the pandemic, with the compulsory wearing of a mask in certain indoor spaces remaining in force, which has become “the subject of a new framework” already approved by the government .
In this sense, the DGS indicates that wearing a surgical mask or FFP2 is compulsory for anyone over the age of 10 in health establishments and services, including town pharmacies, as well as in accommodation or reception and home support services for vulnerable, elderly or disabled people, as well as in integrated continuing care units.
The mask is also mandatory in collective passenger transport, including planes, taxis and TVDEs, and on platforms and covered areas, such as airports, maritime terminals and metro and train networks.
People who have a confirmed case of Covid-19 in all circumstances are also obliged to wear the mask, each time they leave their place of isolation until the tenth day after the onset of symptoms or a positive test, as well than contacts with confirmed persons. case of infection for 14 days after the date of the last exposure.
The guidelines released today say that the recommendation for the use of masks for those most vulnerable, namely those with chronic conditions or immunosuppression, states that whenever they are in a situation of increased risk exposure, a mask should be used.
Its use is also recommended for people in contact with more vulnerable people, as well as “anyone over the age of 10 when they are in a closed environment, in a group”.
“To ensure the use of the mask in all the circumstances provided for in this directive, and whenever the person considers that its use is justified, it is recommended that everyone wear a surgical or FFP2 mask, whenever they moves or circulates outside his usual place. of residence or stay,” the document adds.
The DGS also updated the guidelines on public health measures in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, adapting them to the new rules for the use of masks, and emphasizing that “it is the responsibility of everyone to adopt behaviors that minimize the risks”. transmission of the virus”.