Brazil’s House of Representatives approved a bill that would make the wearing of protective face masks mandatory in public places nationwide until the end of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In its current form, the proposal foresees a BRL 300 (USD 52) fine for anyone caught without a mask. However, in municipalities and states where local authorities do not provide the free distribution of masks, the fine would be waived.
The bill now moves on to the Senate for approval, before requiring the signature of President Jair Bolsonaro to be ratified as law.
Originally from Scotland, Euan Marshall is a journalist who ditched his kilt and bagpipes for a caipirinha and a football in 2011, when he traded Glasgow for São Paulo. Specializing in Brazilian soccer, politics and the connection between the two, he authored a comprehensive history of Brazilian soccer entitled “A to Zico: An Alphabet of Brazilian Football.”
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