the Portugal Today is almost “Freedom Day”. The country lifts most health restrictions and reopens nightclubs, an area closed since March 2020.
But if the mask is no longer compulsory in these establishments, the Health Pass is. Even though 85% of the Portuguese population is fully vaccinated, masks will need to be worn in public transport, hospitals, schools, entertainment venues and shopping areas larger than 400 square meters.
The Pass remains compulsory for travel by plane, boat, visits to retirement homes and hospitals, as well as major cultural and sporting events. However, it is no longer compulsory in restaurants, hotels or workplaces.
On Belgium, also masks are no longer compulsory in the hotel and retail sector, except indoors in Brussels. Nightclubs and dancing pubs can reopen their doors this evening. The restrictions in terms of hours have been lifted, except still in Brussels.
At Vatican, from this day, a health certificate proving that one is immune to Covid-19 is mandatory to enter the city-state. Residents, workers and visitors must be provided with the “green pass” or “Green pass”, already widely used in neighboring Italy. An exception will be made for those attending Mass “for the time strictly necessary for the rite”, according to the Vatican.
On Slovenia, the Constitutional Court blocked a government plan to make vaccination against the coronavirus compulsory for public sector employees. This law was to come into force on Saturday. The government planned to require around 31,000 people, including officials, police and soldiers, to be vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 in order to continue working.