Green Pass returns to Portugal for public spaces

Obligation of a green certificate for public spaces such as restaurants, bars, hotels and gyms

Green Pass and masks are back in Portugal. The Lisbon government decided this evening to reintroduce the green certificate requirement for public spaces such as restaurants, bars, hotels and gyms, but also for discos, large events and access to retirement homes. Masks are again mandatory in enclosed public spaces and passengers arriving from abroad at airports will have to exhibit a negative test.

The government, reports the website of the newspaper Diario de Noticias, has also foreseen one “week of containment of contacts” between 2 and 9 January, during which bars, discos, schools and kindergartens will be closed. Teleworking will also be mandatory. The new squeeze comes while in Portugal, despite the high rate of vaccination, infections have returned to rise. Today, for the second consecutive day, the threshold of 3 thousand new cases has been exceeded, after yesterday the highest number of infections since the end of July had been reached.

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa hailed the EMA’s green light for the Pfizer vaccine for children between 5 and 11 as “good news”.