The Council of Ministers has approved the resolution that extends the state of alert due to the Covid-19 pandemic until April 18, which means that the rules currently in force, which include the mandatory use of a mask in closed spaces, are maintained.

“The Council of Ministers approved today the resolution that extends the declaration of the alert situation, within the scope of the Covid-19 disease pandemic, until 23:59 pm on April 18, 2022. The resolution remains unchanged”, reads the statement.

Among the rules in force is the mandatory use of a mask in public indoor spaces, health services and transport. The obligation to test negative for SARS-CoV-2 remains for those who have not taken a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine during visits to homes and in hospitals and health centres.

The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) estimates that the use of a mask in closed places will no longer be mandatory as of April 3. However, experts and the chairman of the Ordem dos Médicos have argued that the decision is still not advisable at this stage, after, during the week between March 8 and 14, 78,464 new cases of infection and 123 deaths from Covid-19 were recorded.