Portugal announces new tougher coronavirus measures

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Portugal announces new tougher coronavirus measures
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Portugal announces new tougher coronavirus measures

The Government of Portugal announced today, Tuesday, December 21, new, tougher measures, that will come into force in the country over the Christmas period.

At a press conference in Lisbon, Prime Minister Antonio Costa explained, “We are entering a particularly difficult period where people tend to get together”. He announced the measures that will be put in place over the Portuguese Christmas holidays.

His biggest reveal was that the “week of containment” that was scheduled for January 2 will be brought forward to December 25. This will enforce the closure of nightclubs and bars, along with mandatory teleworking.

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In a decision designed to toughen the measures for Christmas celebrations, it will be mandatory to present a negative test to enter restaurants and casinos. This will on apply on December 24, 25, 30, and 31, and January 1, and will be requested even for those already vaccinated. On these dates, the consumption of alcohol and meetings between more than ten people will be prohibited on public roads.

A negative test will also be required at the end of the year parties. Mr Costa pointed out that this action will be maintained because “there was a set of initiatives already contracted”, and that cancelling them would have a “brutal” economic impact.

As of December 25, the negative Covid test will be requested in hotels and tourist accommodation, weddings and baptisms, business events, cultural shows, and sports venues.


The Portuguese Government will also reduce the capacity in shops, to avoid large crowds in the days after Christmas, when many gifts are exchanged. These measures will be in force until January 9, but the Portuguese Government plans to review the possibility of extending them on January 5.

Costa also appealed to the Portuguese to take a test before family reunions. To facilitate this, the Government is expanding the coverage of free tests from 4 to 6 a month, per citizen. “This is still not a normal Christmas,” he stressed, as reported by lavanguardia.com.

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Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sung and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and he has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.

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