Portugal returns to COVID restrictions despite high vaccine rate
LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Portugal is bringing back some tight pandemic restrictions, less than two months after scrapping most of them when the goal of vaccinating 86% of the population against COVID-19 was reached.
The government said Thursday a recent rise in coronavirus infections compelled it to act, even though it is not on the scale witnessed elsewhere in Europe.
From Dec. 1, wearing a face mask will once again be mandatory in enclosed spaces. A digital certificate proving vaccination or recovery from the coronavirus must be shown to enter restaurants, cinemas and hotels; and even inoculated people must have a negative test to visit hospitals, elderly care homes, sports events and bars and discos.