Portugal’s Covid-19 pandemic-induced “state of calamity” is over and is now replaced by a “state of alert”, the country’s Council of Ministers said.

The lockdown measures have also been relaxed, reports Xinhua news agency.

Once the country’s President promulgates the ordinance, the lowest civil protection alert level will apply until the next review scheduled for March 7, the Council said on Thursday.

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Accordingly, a digital certificate of vaccination is no longer needed to access restaurants and hotels but will still be required to cross the country’s borders.

The quarantine require- ment will only apply to people who test positive for Covid-19 irrespective of whether they have symptoms or not, according to MarianaVieira da Silva, minister of state for the Portuguese Presidency. The “recommendation of teleworking” also ends, and there will be no need to present a negative test result when entering major events, sports venues, bars or clubs. The Council of Ministers’ resolution also removes the capacity limits for establishments open to the public.”This is another step towards returning to a mal life, which was interrupted a year ago,”Vieira da Silva told i government will not lift all the pandemic control measures as the number of Covid-19-related deaths is “still very high” in the country, she said.The requirement to provide a negative test result to visit nursing homes or patients in healthcare settings will remain in force, and so will the face mask mandate in enclosed spaces.

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