Portugal begins easing Covid restrictions in an attempt to return to normality

Portugal has begun easing its COVID-19 restrictions as part of the country’s second phase of a gradual decontamination plan. 500,000 schoolchildren up to the age of 15 returned to classes yesterday for the first time since Portugal went into lockdown in January. Primary school students had already returned for lessons on 15th of March. Cafe and restaurant terraces were also reopened yesterday with a maximum of four people allowed to sit together. Meanwhile, museums, national monuments, small streetside stores, and gyms opened their doors again as well to a limited capacity and strict sanitary rules. However, some museums have stated they do not expect many visitors as many foreign tourists are still not allowed to enter the country.