Portugal Lifts Rule on Working Remotely After Outbreak Eases

Portugal will no longer require people to work remotely as it continues to ease confinement measures after the number of new Covid-19 cases eased and the vaccination campaign advances.

While working from home will no longer be mandatory from June 14, it will still be recommended, Prime Minister Antonio Costa said at a press conference in Lisbon on Wednesday. Restrictions on opening hours for shops will be lifted and restaurants can remain open until 1 a.m. Bars and nightclubs will remain closed, he said.

Portugal reported 724 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, a fraction of the daily record of more than 16,000 cases reported at the end of January, when the country faced one of the world’s worst outbreaks. The country aims to administer at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose to 70% of its adult population by Aug. 8.

“The pandemic hasn’t dissapeared and we must all continue to remain focused on keeping this pandemic under control,” Costa said.

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