Three months have passed since the COFESA meeting in which the National Ministry of Health decided eliminate the mandatory use of the chinstrap in closed places and delegated to the provinces the responsibility of choosing how to continue with the regulations in their respective jurisdictions.
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Despite the rebound in Covid cases that has been seen with the beginning of winter, more and more provinces are lifting the obligations regarding the use of the chinstrap.
TN investigated the current regulations for each of these districts, including the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.
Autonomous City of Buenos Aires
From Thursday, June 16, in the City of Buenos Aires, the use of the chinstrap in public transport is not mandatory. However, in the resolution, the Buenos Aires government indicated that it continues to recommend the use of face masks.
With this latest provision of the administration headed by Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, the chinstrap is not mandatory in any area of CABA.
Buenos Aires province
Since April 7 that in the Buenos Aires territory It is not mandatory to use the chinstrap in closed spaces, including in the labor and educational spheres. The decision was made after the meeting of the Federal Health Council (COFESA).
After CABA’s provision on the use of face masks in the public transportationthe Buenos Aires Minister of Health, Nicolás Kreplak, clarified through his Twitter account that in the Province is still mandatory.
The provincial government did not adhere to the COFESA provision and, through a resolution, the local Emergency Operating Committee ordered that the Mandatory chinstrap in closed places. It also recommends its use in open spaces.
Through Provincial Decree No. 377, the Ministry of Education established the mandatory mask for students, teachers and non-teachers in the public and private schools throughout the provincial territory.
The use of the face mask is mandatory in closed spaces, including public transport, and the provincial government recommends using it in open spaces with crowds. Through Resolution No. 416/2022, the Ministry of Education of Chaco established the Mandatory use of the chinstrap at all educational levels.
The provincial Ministry of Health recommends the use of the chinstrap in closed spaces, where good ventilation or physical distancing cannot be guaranteed. The non-compulsory It applies to municipal offices, public spaces, means of public transportation, educational institutions and businesses.
In Decree No. 343/22 established in April of this year, the Provincial Government of Córdoba ratified the mandatory nature of the use of the chinstrap in closed spaces, especially in the workplace, education, artistic performances, shops and public transport. The use in open environments is optional.
The provincial Health portfolio ratified at the end of May that it continues to be The use of a mask is mandatory in closed spacesincluding public transport, and in open places with agglomeration of people.
The Minister of Education of Corrientes, Praxedes López, confirmed that it will continue to be required in all educational fields until the winter is over.
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The Organization Committee for Health Emergencies (COES) adhered to the national resolution and the chinstrap is optional both indoors and outdoors. The measure also covers public transport.
The General Council of Education resolved that from April 5 the use of a chinstrap is optional for students, teachers and assistants in the educational institutions of the province of all levels and modalities.
The provincial government did not adhere to the national measures adopted in April of this year and in Formosa it continues to be The use of a mask is mandatory in closed spaces and in open environments with crowds.
At the end of May, the COVID-19 Comprehensive Care Council ratified the measure, which also covers public transport and at all educational levels.
Since March of this year, the use of the chinstrap outdoors is not mandatory, although it still is in closed places. The Minister of Health, Antonio Buljubasichm, confirmed that the mandatory face mask in schoolswhere the Careful and Safe Classroom protocol will continue to be applied.
After the COFESA meeting, the provincial government decided to maintain the Mandatory use of face masks in closed places and from that moment (March of this year) there were no changes in this regard.
The Joint Commission on Health and Safety at Work (Comisset) decided on April 22 that the mask will continue to be mandatory in all educational settings.
The provincial government rescinded social distancing in April this year, but it remains mandatory the use of the chinstrap both in open and closed places. This was confirmed by the provincial Minister of Health, Juan Carlos Vergara: “In La Rioja there is a current decree for the use of the chinstrap throughout the province.”
On May 9 of this year and through Decree 680/22, Governor Rodolfo Suárez established that The use of the chinstrap in closed spaces is not mandatory in any field, including public transport.
Already in March of this year, the General Directorate of Schools of Mendoza had communicated that the use of the mask in any educational field was optional.
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In this province it is Mandatory use of the chinstrap in all environments: open, closed, public transport and educational institutions. The deputy governor of Misiones and president of the Scientific Committee of the Province, Carlos Arce, ratified it: “This does not have to do only with the current situation, but with the situation of other countries that are reporting the appearance of new strains.”
The city of Apóstoles was the first to disobey the provincial decision and approved the elimination of the mandatory use of a chinstrap in the dependencies of the municipal public administration, public transport, public roads, open-air shows or closed spaces.
Through the official bulletin 4020 published on March 30, the government of Neuquén authorized the optional and voluntary use of barbie or masks in shared spaces, whether they are closed or open, throughout the provincial territory.
The measure applies to all commercial premises, religious temples and places of worship, means of public transport, offices of the Centralized and Decentralized Provincial Public Administration, Companies and Provincial State Entities.
Resolution No. 1982 issued by the provincial government on March 30 established that the chinstrap is no longer mandatory in open and closed environments, including public and private educational establishments and public transport.
The Salta Emergency Operations Committee decided Remove the mandatory use of the chinstrap in any environment on April 27. The measure applies to educational establishments and public transport.
On April 5, the COVID Committee in San Juan adhered to the national regulations to remove the mandatory use of a chinstrap in closed spaces. However, in the schools continue being required the use of face masks for all levels.
Since the beginning of April, when the Ministry of Health of San Luis adhered to Ministerial Resolution No. 705, which does not force to use the chinstrap in interior spaces, including workplaces, education and public transport.
The Ministry of Health of Santa Cruz adhered to the national resolution to remove the mandatory chinstrap in all areas, although it recommends its use in closed places or with agglomeration of people.
The mayor of Pico Truncado, Osvaldo Maimó, decided to go against provincial regulations and on June 7, it established, through Municipal Decree No. 1788, the “mandatory use of the chinstrap in closed spaces, including work, educational, social and public transportation areas.”
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Through resolution number 161 of April 2, 2022, the Minister of Public Management of the province of Santa Fe, Marcos Bernardo Corach, with the intervention of the Ministry of Health, raised the demands on the mandatory use of the chinstrap in all areas.
Santiago del Estero
Updated on January 14 of this year, the province of Santiago ordered the mandatory use of the chinstrap in closed spacespublic transport and in public spaces where there is an agglomeration of people.
Likewise, those people who circulate on public roads alone, or together with others from their cohabiting group, were exempted from the use of the face mask.
Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands
In April, the province ordered lift the mandatory chinstrapexcept in health establishments. The social distancing of two meters was also without effect, if “ventilation of environments and adequate and frequent hand hygiene” is guaranteed.
After the announcements in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires on June 16, the Minister of Public Health of Tucumán, Dr. Luis Medina Ruiz, assured that in the province it will continue to be mandatory use of the chinstrap.
He stressed that the Ministry considers the use of face masks essential, “especially in closed places”, before the arrival of winter.