Relaxation of masks and parties give an air of normal life in Portugal: ‘People are celebrating’, says Santa Catarina | Santa Catarina
People from Santa Catarina who live in the country talk about life after the advance of vaccination and the drop in the number of deaths caused by respiratory disease.
“People are celebrating, they’re happy. Life is finally back to normal, but there’s always that fear [da contaminação pela Covid-19]”, says journalist Angela Muniz.
Santa Catarina lives in Portugal, but is in Spain; “There is much more concern about Covid-19 around here”, he says – Photo: Angela Muniz / Personal Archive
Ângela Muniz, 52, was born in Lages, Serra, and moved to Lisbon in 2019, shortly before the pandemic began. She says that every 15 days, as authorities in Portugal revised the numbers of the disease and introduced new restrictions on the population.
According to her, this permanent communication with society, the strict confinement system and the 28-day interval for the application of the second dose, of any vaccine, favored the current situation in the country.
Ângela with friends in a bar in Portugal – Photo: Ângela Muniz / Personal Archive
Angela says that the application of the third dose is being considered, but there is still no confirmation by the Portuguese government.
“My perception is that things will start to move from now on. It was a great lesson, it was very bad, many people died. The Portuguese are more closed than we are, but, like any human being, they need contact “, explains.
Ângela says that, so far, she has only been to bars and restaurants with her friends in Portugal. Her use of a mask happens when there are many people in the environment, even in open spaces. In some parts of the city, there are disinfection booths. (See video below).
She is currently traveling in Spain and notes that concern about Covid in the country is greater.
“I thought I would [em baladas em Portugal], but I don’t think I want to. It will take me a while to feel safe. I was at an open air festival in Spain and as soon as I noticed too many people in the environment it made me feel uncomfortable. It even gave tachycardia. When I return to Portugal, I don’t think I’ll go to clubs yet, because they are very small spaces”, explains the journalist.
Disinfection booths are located in Lisbon’s historic landmarks
End of the 3rd phase of deconfinement
Danielli Almeida Abreu is 41 years old and has lived in Portugal for 17. Born in Florianópolis, she has three children and had to invent several recreational activities during the confinement of the family.
“My idea of a lockdown was for a month. I did several activities with them. At first it was good, but after the months it became a topic because we didn’t know what the next month would be like”, he recalls.
Santa Catarina believed that the quarantine would only last a month in Portugal – Photo: Danielli Almeida Abreu / Personal Archive
For her, the country knew how to deal well with the pandemic, despite the deaths discovered. According to Danielli, during an immunization campaign, there were several telephone contacts by the responsible agencies for the realization of vaccination against a disease.
Family goes to cinemas that still have a maximum occupancy restriction of 50% – Photo: Danielli Almeida Abreu / Personal Archive
Danielli explains that Lisbon enters, from now on, the third phase of the so-called disconfinement. In bars and clubs, all customers must present a digital certificate that indicates whether a person has had Covid and whether he has already been vaccinated. Negative tests for the disease are also requested locally, she said.
“Now the maximum limit for people in restaurants is over. The digital certificate is no longer required in restaurants and hotels. The sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages is allowed and the recommendation for home Office. The only thing that doesn’t change is the use of masks in closed spaces “, concludes the Santa Catarina.
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