Health Alert – Some Brazilian Cities Require Face Coverings

Location:  Worldwide/Brazil

Event:  Some Brazilian Cities to Start Requiring Face Masks

Please note that some cities in Brazil, for example Belo Horizonte (effective April 22, 2020), Rio de Janeiro (effective April 23, 2020), and Salvador (effective April 24, 2020), are requiring facial coverings/masks. These policies are subject to change and local authorities in other cities may take similar measures.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

The use of cloth facial coverings is intended to diminish the amount of respiratory droplets that wearers put out into the environment, thus protecting others in close proximity to the wearer.  Facial coverings are not predominantly a measure to protect the wearer but rather to protect others from the wearer, who may be potentially spreading the virus even if they are not yet ill.

The CDC has issued a Global Level 3 Warning which recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel due to widespread ongoing global transmission COVID-19.

Actions to Take:

  • Dial 192 for emergency services in Brazil if you have severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing.
  • Review the latest CDC guidance regarding the use of facial coverings.
  • If in Brazil, check with your local municipality on their mask policy. See Brazilian state contact information here.
  • Consider making or purchases a cloth face mask for use in public settings where social distancing is difficult.  See here for sew and no sew instructions.



United States Embassy and Consulates General in Brazil:

U.S. Embassy Brasilia
SES – Av. das Nações, Quadra 801, Lote 03
Brasília, DF – 70403-900
Phone: (61) 3312-7000
After-Hours Emergencies: (61) 3312-7400

Embassy Branch Office in Belo Horizonte  
Avenida do Contorno, 4520 / 2nd floor – Funcionários
Belo Horizonte, MG – 30110-028
Telephone: +55 (31) 3338-4000

U.S. Consulate General Recife 
Rua Goncalves Maia, 163 Bairro Boa Vista
Recife, PE – 50.070-060
Phone: (81) 3416-3050
After-Hours Emergencies: (81) 99916-9470

U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro  
Av. Presidente Wilson, 147 Castelo
Rio de Janeiro, RJ — 20030-020
Entrance at Rua Santa Luzia
Phone: (21) 3823-2000
After-Hours Emergencies: (21) 3823-2029

U.S. Consulate General São Paulo 
Rua Henri Dunant, 500,
Chácara Santo Antonio,
São Paulo, SP — 04709-110
Phone: (11) 3250-5000
After-Hours Emergencies: (11) 3250-5373

U.S. Consulate General Porto Alegre  
Avenida Assis Brasil, 1889 Passo d’Areia
Porto Alegre, RS – 91350-110
Phone: 51-3345-6000
After-Hours Emergencies: 51-3345-6000

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