Portugal reinstates curfew in 90 at-risk regions

A curfew will be in place between 11 pm and 5 am. [EPA-EFE/JOSE SENA GOULAO]

Ninety of a total of 278 municipalities in mainland Portugal (32.4%) are at high or very high risk of COVID-19 infections and will be subjected to more restrictive curfew measures between 11 pm and 5 am, the government said on Thursday.

At a press conference after a cabinet meeting in Lisbon, Presidency Minister Mariana Vieira da Silva said that 90 municipalities were now considered highest risk, up from 60, and announced measures to limit circulation on public roads between 11 pm and 5 am.

In addition to the curfew, these 90 regions are subject to shorter opening hours for shops and restaurants.

Under the rules approved last week, indoor dining service in restaurants from 7 pm on Friday and over the weekend can only be provided to customers with a COVID-19 digital certificate or a negative test.

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