Directorate General of Health in Portugal on Monday lifted a mask mandate in public spaces, saying “we no longer recommend a universal use of masks outside but masks can be used voluntarily.’’
The use of masks is still recommended in crowded places.
The National Association of Health Workers insists on the continuation of mandatory use of masks in all public places, both inside and outside.
The announcement came as Portugal gradually lifts some Corona virus-related restrictions.
Since Aug. 23, there are no limits on the use of public transport, cultural events are allowed to operate at 75 per cent capacity.
Portugal has the world’s ninth-highest vaccination rate, with 79 per cent of the population fully vaccinated, while 86 per cent have received at least one vaccine shot.