Coronavirus in Argentina. From tomorrow it will be mandatory to wear face masks in the city even to walk on the street

Source: LA NACION – Credit: Santiago Hafford

From tomorrow it will be

mandatory in the city to wear the mask

, or any element that protects the nose, mouth and chin,

when going out

. Although a similar measure already existed to enter shops and when traveling by public transport, this new resolution expands the requirement for transit and permanence in public spaces.

Fines for noncompliance range from $ 10,700 to $ 80,000


The constant growth of positive cases of coronavirus infected in the city and a greater circulation of people due to the flexibility of certain tasks

 they served as a springboard for the Buenosairean authorities to decide to extend the imposition of the use of the mask to all activity that is carried out outside the homes. It will be a habit that both porteños and those who enter the city must adopt to carry out their work. Although resolution 17, which was already published on the city’s Official Gazette website today, does not specify the age range of those who must use facial protection, it attempts to cover the widest possible spectrum of citizens.

The measure will take effect at 0 tomorrow and, from that moment, the inspection will be effective. Line 147 is also enabled to report those who do not comply with the norm. Although there are no specific controls to control the use of protection, for those who do not respect the measure, penalties of 500 fixed units ($ 10,700) to 3,700 fixed units ($ 79,180) and / or closure and / or disqualification are foreseen. in case they are shops.

“Two out of three people have no symptoms or are very mild, and the blindfold reduces the possibility of contagion,” they insist from the city. And they add: “It is very useful because the virus has a high capacity of transmissibility and is present even in people who have been infected but do not have symptoms.”


deputy chief of government


Diego Santilli

, said today on Miter radio: “By having more movement and more spaces authorized to have mobility, the use of the mask is mandatory.”

This weekend, LA NACION was able to verify that in neighborhoods such as Villa Urquiza, Colegiales, Belgrano or Núñez there was much more movement of people

 than during similar days in the context of the pandemic.

The duty to use any element that covers the nostrils, the mouth and the chin has already been in force since mid-April to circulate in certain areas of Buenos Aires. So, it was compulsory to attend and stay in commercial premises and attention units, both public and private. It also applied to those traveling on public transportation within the district.

Source: LA NACION – Credit: Santiago Filipuzzi

Since April 15, 240 people have been fined for not wearing face masks and there were 432 complaints to 147 that gave notice of non-compliance with the rule. Meanwhile, the Government Control Agency (AGC) carried out 1,539 inspections in shops.

Any item that can cover the mouth, nose and chin that is homemade is handkerchiefs and fabrics. No need for professional masks or masks. In fact, the commercialization in the city of the N95 sanitary masks is still prohibited to anyone who does not prove to be a professional or personal of the health service and to legal persons that do not have the purpose of providing that service.

In the province of Buenos Aires

Since April 20, the decree that forces people to use protection elements that cover the nose and mouth in public passenger transport, in private transport when there are two or more people and in all closed spaces, has been in force in Buenos Aires territory. of public access (offices and premises, for example). As long as, as the city did, its use in any other area is recommended. Buenos Aires government sources assured


that compliance with the measure is high.

This provincial resolution was taken to unify a decision that during the first days of April had been reproduced, in a scattered way, through some of the 135 municipalities, a situation that generated some confusion depending on the district that was visited.



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