Portugal: Pandemic rules may change soon as vaccination progresses

Portugal is approaching the moment to change policies regarding the pandemic, given the percentage of the population who have been vaccinated, Minister Mariana Vieira da Silva said today, after being asked about the possibility of reopening nightclubs.

“The government has always said that the moment when a very significant percentage of its population has had two doses of vaccine would be a moment of policy change. We are approaching that moment. It is also time to listen to the experts and then take decisions,” she said at the press conference following today’s cabinet meeting.

Mariana Vieira da Silva had been asked about the possibility that next week, after the Infarmed meeting of 27 July in Lisbon, which brings together experts and politicians to analyse the evolution of the pandemic, the government will decide on the reopening of nightlife venues, which have been closed since March 2020.

She stressed, however, that any government decisions will only be taken and announced after that meeting next week, and there was no sense in talking about them today.

Also in response to nightclubs, she said that what is at stake is the possible extension of the rule of presentation of the vaccination certificate against Covid-19 to access some spaces, allowing the operation of various activities.

According to the most recent balance of the agency France-Presse, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused at least 4,128,543 deaths worldwide, among more than 191.9 million cases of infection by the new coronavirus.

In Portugal, since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, 17,248 people have died, and 943,244 cases of infection have been recorded, according to the Directorate-General of Health.