Portugal announced on Thursday a three-step plan for suspend Covid-19’s restrictions, including an end to the nightly curfew as vaccinations in the country progress, helping to control a recent outbreak of infections.
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As of Sunday, at 11 pm local time, the curfew will no longer be in force and restrictions on the opening hours of restaurants and shops will also be lifted, Portugal’s prime minister, António Costa, told a news conference.
Fans will be able to return to sporting events under certain conditions, which have not yet been announced, and although remote work is still recommended, it will no longer be mandatory.
“Vaccination has contributed significantly to these measures … but we cannot ignore the fact that … the virus is still circulating … the pandemic has not disappeared,” said Costa.
More restrictions will be gradually lifted in the coming months as more and more people get Covid-19 vaccines. About half of the population is now fully vaccinated and everyone over the age of 18 can schedule vaccination.
In the second phase of the plan, which will start in September, when 70% of the population is fully vaccinated, the mandatory use of masks in outdoor areas will end, but it will still be required in large agglomerations. Masks will remain mandatory indoors.
Nightclubs and bars, which have been closed since March of last year, are expected to reopen the following month, but a European Union digital certificate or a negative coronavirus test will be required to allow entry.