Portugal is extending the restrictions planned for Christmas after the New Year

The Portuguese government decided this Tuesday to lift the restrictions envisaged for the new year, such as compulsory teleworking, the closure of bars and nightclubs or the submission of a negative test for access to hotels, sporting events and leisure facilities such as cinemas and theaters.

The so-called “Contact Containment” period was announced in November in anticipation of the New Year given the likely increase in cases that would occur during the Christmas holidays. However, Prime Minister António Costa has announced that he will be in touch due to the current epidemiological situation.

“Given the risk of the situation worsening with this Omicron variant and since we have not yet substantially completed the vaccination boost process, we will adopt these measures by January 10,” said Costa.

Portugal is extending the restrictions planned for Christmas after the New Year
Portugal is extending the restrictions planned for Christmas after the New Year

“In addition to more masks, more vaccinations, more border controls, we will encourage teleworking, more contact restrictions, another week of containment and more support for families and businesses,” Costa listed.

In light of the New Year celebrations, a negative coronavirus test must be presented in order to gain access to all events and parties taking place, also not to consume alcoholic beverages.

Due to the increase in causes that require a negative sample to be submitted for coronavirus, the Portuguese Prime Minister has also announced that every citizen will now be able to use six tests per month for free instead of the previous four. the moment.

“Portugal must prevent the COVID-19 from having to be remedied later,” defended Costa, who has announced capacity restrictions in shops and facilities. “We want to avoid the crowds that often occur after the first week of Christmas,” he said.

The Portuguese Prime Minister has finished his speech and has once again asked his compatriots to be cautious and “restrained” in view of the celebrations that will take place in the homes of the country in the coming days.

“If possible, keep the windows open. It’s a cold night, but ventilating closed rooms is very important in order to avoid the infection of the virus and to reduce the risk of infection, “recalled Costa, who also appealed to the use of a mask in the house when risky people are nearby are.

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