Coronavirus | Brazil approves law requiring masks on streets, public transport

Outbreak of the coronavirus disease, in Rio de Janeiro

He also vetoed an article that would have forced the government to provide masks to vulnerable groups and that would have required commercial establishments to provide masks to their employees.

Video posted on social media showed crowds of people spilling out of bars into the streets, a lot of them not wearing masks, though Rio's governor on June 4 signed a law establishing fines for failure to use masks in public spaces.

Bolsonaro on Friday vetoed Regulations of fresh laws which would have needed Brazilians to put on masks at schools, churches, stores and factories and private parties, however approved their mandatory use on the road and public transportation.

On Thursday, Brazil reported its second-highest daily increase in cases, more than 48,000, and almost 1,200 deaths. To date, more than 10.9 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 523,000 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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BBC South America correspondent Katy Watson says Jair Bolsonaro has never cared much for masks - a health recommendation that has become highly politicised, as has much of the handling of the coronavirus crisis in Brazil. The use of masks in procuring malls, merchants, spiritual temples, academic institutions and other shut destinations where by people today obtain will no for a longer time be necessary, but person states and municipalities can implement all those actions.

Bolsonaro argued that forcing people to use masks in such places could violate property rights.

Last month, a judge ordered the President to wear a mask in public - something he has often refused to do, the BBC reported.

Health experts recommend social distancing and wearing masks to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus. "[Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo] Crivella's decision to throw open the doors of business will come with a high cost".

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