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MSP will reconsider mandatory use of masks on buses if covid-19 cases increase

Given the rise in coronavirus cases, the government began to analyze this Friday return to the mandatory use ofl face masks on public transport. The Chamber of Transport will have fluid communication with the Ministry of Public Health (MSP) to evaluate the relevance of the mask in the units, its president, Juan Salgado, told The Observedr.

“If (the use of the face mask) continues as a recommendation, everything will be fine, and if you have to return to the mandatory use of the face mask, everything is also fine,” added Salgado, who met this Friday at the Executive Tower with the secretary of the Presidency, Álvaro Delgado, to deal with the matter, according to Telemundo (channel 12).

Salgado affirmed to The Observer what From now on, you will have a “daily” communication with the MSP to indicate “when to go from the recommendation” to “again to what may be the obligation of the mask”. “We don’t want it to be like that, but it’s definitely an issue that has given results over these two years,” she added.

“We are willing to follow the guidelines of the health authority and we have to be in communication on a daily basis. to see when to change (…) We are very concerned about being able to continue maintaining the same thing that we achieved during these two years of pandemic, where inside a transport unit there was no danger of any type of contagion,” he said.

On the other hand, he valued the study that refers to a “good ventilation” in urban transport units. If there is air exchange at least six times per hour, the air quality will be “excellent”. That is fulfilled 60 times in urban and suburban transport, added the chief, who is also president of cutcsathe company with the most urban services in Montevideo.

The units of that company maintain the recommendations to keep the windows open and the recommended use of the mask.

The use of the mask had become a suggestion after the end of the health emergency due to covid-19, on April 5 of this year.

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