Wearing a sanitary mask outdoors will no longer be mandatory in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro as of this Thursday, before the advance of the vaccination against Covid-19announced Governor Claudio Castro.
“We are going to make the use of masks more flexible in open spaces and that is cause for celebration. After more than a year and a half of the decree of public calamity due to the pandemic, this measure represents an important victory for all, “Castro wrote on his Twitter account on Wednesday.
Now the masks they will only be mandatory in public places with closed spaces, “thanks to the advance of vaccination and also due to the low transmission rate” of the Covid-19added.
In the city of River, of 6.7 million inhabitants, will allow the reopening of nightclubs and concert halls, with a capacity of up to 50% of their capacity.
Since September, the mayor’s office of the “cidade maravilhosa” requires proof of vaccination to enter some places such as tourist sites, gyms or cinemas, although not in bars and restaurants.
In the capital Brasilia, the use of face masks will no longer be mandatory in outdoor spaces as of November 3.
The authorities of São Paulo, the largest city in the country, are evaluating doing the same but for now they have not disclosed a date.
More than 68,000 people have died from the new coronavirus in the state of Rio de Janeiro, which has a mortality rate of 394 per 100,000 inhabitants, much higher than the national average (288 per 100,000 inhabitants).
However, the daily number of deaths has fallen dramatically in recent weeks due to the advance of immunization in that state of 17.4 million inhabitants.
In the city of Rio, more than 65% of the people have already received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
With more than 605,000 deaths, Brazil, with 213 million inhabitants, is the second country that lost the most lives due to the pandemic, surpassed only by USA.