Portugal: Masks May Still Be Needed in Some Outdoor Situations

September 8, 2021

LISBON, Portugal — Portugal’s parliament is expected to scrap the requirement to wear face masks outdoors whenever social distancing isn’t possible, but health officials say people should always carry a mask with them.

The Portuguese president and the country’s two main political parties say they want the requirement to end next Sunday, with the expiration of the temporary measure to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Almost 80% of Portugal’s target population of people over age 12 is fully vaccinated.

Portugal’s Director-General for Health, Graça Freitas, says in some outdoor situations, masks may still be needed. Those include large-scale events, during school breaks and in busy parts of a city.

The 14-day cumulative coronavirus case rate per 100,000 people is 276. Hospital officials say they’re comfortably coping with admissions from the virus.


ATHENS - Just when it seemed that COVID-19 was just about forgotten and the pandemic was behind, an increase in respiratory viral infections has led Greek health authorities to recommend wearing masks again in crowded areas.

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