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The long awaited end to some restrictions is on the horizon

THE LONG AWAITED END TO SOME RESTRICTIONS IS NIGH...According to the Minister of State, Mariana Vieira da Silva, discussions at the Infarmed meeting on Wednesday have resulted in the lifting of some covid-19 restrictions, which will come into play “in the coming days”.

In the briefing after a meeting of the Council of Ministers this Thursday, she said that “this is a very important moment: another step towards the return to normal life”, but that “it is not yet the time to say that the pandemic is over”.

The updates to the rules and restrictions, for which a definite date has not been confirmed, are as follows:

Regarding isolation of anyone who has had contact with a positive case of Covid-19, whether at high or low risk you will no longer need to isolate unless you have symptoms.
Tests to enter bars and clubs will also end. 

The recommendation to work at home and the capacity limits in establishments is also no longer in place.

The digital certificate/negative test will no longer be required for entry to restaurants, major sporting events, etc.

However, the digital certificate or negative test is still necessary for border control. 

Within schools, in the classrooms a mask remains necessary, but during breaktimes it will not be mandatory.

A negative test will also remain mandatory for visits to care homes or hospitalised patients (except for those who have a certificate of recovery or have had the booster dose of the vaccine).

The use of the mask will continue to be mandatory in indoor spaces such as shops, supermarkets, shopping centres, hospitals and on public transport.