Portugal to Impose New Year Overnight Curfews to Curb COVID-19 Cases

Portugal Prime Minister António Costa has announced the extension of the State of Emergency from Christmas Eve until January 7, to curb Covid-19 cases.

Portugal Prime Minister António Costa has announced the extension of the State of Emergency from Christmas Eve until January 7, to curb Covid-19 cases.

Starting New Year’s Eve, curfews will be imposed at 11 pm. On New Year’s day, until January 3rd, curfew will start at 1 pm. 

The Prime Minister has announced that stricter guidelines will be imposed after a meeting of the Council of Ministers on Thursday.

The government has “maintained the rules previously defined for the Christmas period and proceeded with the aggravation of the measures for the New Year period.”

Meanwhile, restaurant operations on December 31st will be allowed only until 10:30 pm. On New Year’s Day until January 3rd, restaurants are open only until 1 pm, except for deliveries. 

Gathering of more than 6 people are also prohibited. 

Portugal now has 362,616 cases of Covid-19 as of Friday with 4,320 additional cases on Thursday. 


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