Antonio Costa announced that Portugal is lifting the requirement to wear masks in public spaces, including indoors. However, the prime minister made a reservation that the risk of another wave of the pandemic has not passed. More than 86 percent of Portuguese people have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced on Thursday evening that his country was lifting the requirement to wear masks in public spaces, including indoors, under certain conditions. However, he made a reservation that the obligation to cover the mouth and nose would still be maintained in several places.
The head of the socialist government specified that masks would still remain necessary in public transport, in retirement homes and hospitals, as well as in shopping centers and at large events.
“A protective mask will still be required wherever there is no two-meter space between people,” added Antonio Costa, recalling that masks have not been compulsory in the open air for almost two weeks.
Portugal is considering loosening the restrictions
The Prime Minister, noting that more than 86 percent of Portuguese people had already been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 preparation, noted that the risk of another wave of the pandemic has not passed.
He added that in October another easing of anti-epidemic restrictions should be expected. However, he stressed that the elimination of the restrictions would depend on the sanitary situation in the country.
According to Thursday’s report of the health ministry, 5 people have died in Portugal in the last 24 hours due to COVID-19, and 885 cases of coronavirus infection have also been confirmed.
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