Portugal has gone ahead and relaxed its restrictions as the country sees its vaccination campaign run faster than previously estimated. Portugal has decided to increase the number of people allowed to enter restaurants and cultural places. The original plan was to ease the restrictions after about two weeks.
Mariana Vieira da Silva said the number of people allowed to sit in restaurants and cafes has now increased from six to eight for indoor dining. For outdoor dining it has been increased from 10 to 15.
For cultural events such as weddings, baptisms or more, the venue can be filled up to 75 percent of its original capacity. It was 50 percent before. In addition, restaurants, businesses and cultural venues can stay open until 2 a.m.
Cabinet Minister Mariana Vieira da Silva spoke at a press conference where she said: âThe pandemic is not over. She surprised us with new variations that we weren’t expecting. It is our responsibility to continue to monitor its progress and to maintain the behaviors necessary to control the pandemic. ”
However, you should keep in mind that a negative test or vaccination certificate is mandatory for hotel stays, meal reservations, and indoor meals during holidays and weekends.
The Delta variant that hit Portugal, just like most other countries around the world, had caused a lot of concern in the country. However, the vaccination campaign really picked up speed during the summer after a slow start. At the end of July, Portugal started recording around 3,000 cases per day.