AIDAnova, a cruise ship operated by German cruise line AIDA Cruises and carrying 4,197 people, has docked in Lisbon, Portugal, after 52 crew members tested positive for COVID-19 and isolated at various hotels.
Prime Minister António Costa announces that all remaining COVID-19-related restrictions will be lifted on October 1, allowing nightclubs to reopen and restaurants to operate without capacity limits as more than 80% of people have been fully vaccinated.
Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa announces that kindergartens, hair salons, bookshops, libraries, pre-schools and primary schools will be allowed to reopen March 15, as a part of the country's gradual easing of its two-month lockdown.
Prime Minister António Costa announces that stricter lockdown measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 will begin on January 15. There will be more exceptions to the new restrictions than there were during the first national lockdown in March and April 2020.
President Emmanuel Macron tests positive for COVID-19. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa, Secretary-General of the OECD José Ángel Gurría and President of the European Council Charles Michel self-isolate after having contact with Macron earlier this week.
Prime Minister Antonio Costa announces that Portugal will impose a localized nighttime curfew from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am, in 121 municipalities across the country, affecting 70% of the population, beginning tomorrow. People will also be prevented from leaving their homes between 1:00 pm and 5:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays.
Rui Pinto begins his trial at the Central Criminal Procedure Court in Lisbon, Portugal, on charges of attempted qualified extortion, violation of secrecy, and illegally accessing information for leaking financial transactions within European association football.