The mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, announced this Tuesday that as of Wednesday, the use of face masks in outdoor spaces in the “wonderful city” will not be mandatory.
The measure was taken after the Legislative Assembly to approve removing the mandatory nature of outdoor masks for the entire state of Rio and for the scientific committee of the city to confirm that, with 65% of Cariocas completely immunized, it was safe to do so.
“This committee is the one that guides the city,” Paes said.
The obligation to wear masks to avoid spread of the virus will be kept only for closed places, according to the statements given this Tuesday by the mayor and the secretary of Health of the city, Daniel Soranz.
“Other countries have already released them in open and closed places. As a precaution, our committee defined that it would start with open places,” said the Secretary of Health, who reiterated that the measure can be lifted if the situation of the pandemic in Rio worsens.
The measure had already been announced for two weeks by Paes, who was waiting for the required percentage of vaccinated to be met with the complete scheme to lift other restrictions.
The mayor also lifted the veto that the discos had that could open their doors from tomorrow but with the 50% of its capacity and under the condition that the assistants verify that they are fully immunized.
Rio, the most representative city in Brazil, expects by November all those over 12 years of age are fully immunized in the city, in order to guarantee the “Reveillón”, the traditional New Year’s Eve party, open the way for the 2022 carnival and reactivate tourism, which is the municipality’s main source of income.