Bolsonaro vetoes mandatory mask use in shops, temples, schools
13:35, Saturday, 04 July, 2020
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro Friday passed a bill on the mandatory use of masks against COVID-19 but vetoed some provisions that required their use in places where people gather such as shops, religious temples, and schools. The far-right politician, who has always downplayed the importance of physical isolation, argued that wearing masks in such cases "incurs a possible violation of residence" contrary to the Constitution. He also vetoed other clauses that required public authorities to distribute masks to the most economically vulnerable population and companies to supply masks to their workers free of charge. The law still obliges the population to keep "mouth and nose covered by individual protection masks" on the streets and public transport.