Face masks were distribute by volunteers at subway stations in Sao Paulo on Tuesday, ahead of masks becoming mandatory in public throughout the state on Thursday.

Volunteers from the Coracao Hospital handed masks to passers-by with QR codes printed on the pack explaining how to safely reuse them.

"Today our action as volunteers of the hospital is to teach people to wear masks the right way, and when we give them out we show the QR code where people can see all recommendations from ANVISA, how long the mask can be used, how to wash it and use it", explained Enilda Lara who volunteered at Barra Funda station.

However, some residents believe that similar initiatives should be launched by the state itself to make sure the citizens are protected.

"I believe the government should provide the population, not only ask people to wear a mask. It is their responsibility," pointed out Felipe.

Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria issued a decree on Tuesday making mask usage mandatory in public from Thursday throughout the state, which has over 32,000 coronavirus cases with over 2,600 people dying with the virus.

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