COVID-19 Portugal: The next steps

by Lisboeta

As more people get vaccinated, Portugal continues the plan to return to normal life

The rules will be different for municipalities that, for more than two weeks, have more than 120 new cases for 100,000 inhabitants (240 in low density municipalities) and for those with an incidence of more than 240 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants (480 in low density municipalities). For the rest, telework is no longer mandatory and is only recommended, restaurants can close at 1 am and cultural shows can take place until midnight.

From June 14

  • Recommended (and not mandatory) telework in the activities that allow it;
  • Restaurants, cafes and pastries with current stocking rules, until midnight for admission and 1h00 for closure;
  • Trade with the time of the respective licensing;
  • Public transport where there are only seats: Full capacity;
  • Public transport in which there are seats and standing: Capacity of 2/3;
  • Cultural shows until midnight;
  • Concert halls with capacity at 50%;
  • Outside the concert halls: marked places and rules of distancing defined by the DGS;
  • Training levels and amateur modalities with marked places and rules of distancing defined by the DGS;
  • Sports venues with 33% capacity;
  • Outside enclosures apply rules to be defined by the DGS.

From June 28

  • Professional or comparable sports levels will have new rules still to be defined by the DGS;
  • Citizen Stores without prior booking;
  • Public transport without capacity restriction.
  • Thus, they remain closed or prohibited:
  • Bars and nightclubs;
  • Popular festivals and pilgrimages;
  • Weddings with a capacity of more than 50%.

There are, however, differences depending on the level of risk. For municipalities with more than 120 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants (240 in low density municipalities), which repeat this situation in two consecutive evaluation periods, the following rules apply:

  • Mandatory telework where the functions permit;
  • Restaurants, cafes and pastries open only until 22:30;
  • Cultural shows with the same times of the restoration;
  • Retail trade until 9:00 p.m.

If the incidence rate exceeds 240 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants (480 in low density municipalities), for two weeks in a row, the following apply:

  • Mandatory telework where the functions permit;
  • Restaurants, cafes and pastries open only until 22:30 or until 15:30 at weekends and public holidays;
  • Cultural shows with the same times of the restoration;
  • Weddings and baptisms with 25% of the capacity.

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