Masks to soon only be required in Portugal’s high-risk, crowded places

The PM also announced that the country’s positive evolution in curbing the virus would allow it to move from the current state of contingency to a situation of alert from 1 October. [shutterstock/Yanosh Nemesh]

The use of masks will only be required on public transport, in supermarkets, homes, hospitals, entertainment venues and big events from 1 October in Portugal, once the third phase of lifting measures announced Thursday kick in.

Prime Minister António Costa announced the decision at a press conference following Thursday’s cabinet meeting, where the government approved the third phase of easing lockdown and associated measures.

The PM also announced that the country’s positive evolution in curbing the virus would allow it to move from the current state of contingency to a situation of alert from 1 October.

From 1 October, the maximum number of customers or people per group allowed to enter shops, restaurants, cafes and similar will be lifted. Customers entering restaurants and hotels, for their part, will no longer be obliged to present vaccination certificates or negative COVID-19 tests. (Isabel Matos Alves, Lucília Tiago, Lusa.pt)


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