The City Council of Lisbon announced that the “arraiais” are again banned during this month of June, considering that this phase of the pandemic “continues to require care and precaution”.
It will not be this year that the Lisboners have back the celebrations of St. Anthony, at least in total harmony with the spirit that the occasion deserves. As happened in 2020, the City Council of Lisbon (CML) and the Parish Councils will not license the arraiais of Santo António, many organized by various communities of the city.
In a statement, the CML says that this phase of the pandemic “even with the excellent indicators of vaccination, continues to require care and precaution, care that is hardly compatible with the realization of festivities that bring together a number of people unparalleled with any event in the city, in a distended record and less conducive to the observation of health safety rules”.
In order to support the promoters of the popular entrenched usually licensed, the municipality will allocate 2000€ to each, an initiative that joins the 15000€ attributed to the collectivities participating in the Popular Marches competition.