Restaurants can stay open until 1am, bars and nightclubs remain closed

Last Updated on 22/06/2021 by VdB

There will be two more phases of deconfinement until the end of August.

Restaurants, cafes and pastry shops will be able to work until 1am, from 14 June, commerce will have the timetables for which it is licensed, but bars and nightclubs will remain closed. These are some of the main measures of the plan presented by the Government this Thursday, June 2nd, for the summer months.

Until the end of August, António Costa’s executive decided to advance with two more phases of deconfinement.

The plan foresees that, as of 14th June, in the municipalities that do not have a high incidence rate of Covid-19 cases, telework will no longer be compulsory, but “recommended whenever possible”.

As for restaurants, cafes and bakeries may be open until 1:00 am, with admission of customers until 00:00 am. Limits on tables (6 inside and 10 on the terrace) will continue.

Businesses will now operate within the normal opening hours for which they are licensed.

On public transport, it will be possible to circulate with 100% of the capacity, in the case of transport where you can only ride seated. In those where people can also circulate standing, the maximum capacity is 2/3.

Cultural shows are, from 14 June, allowed to take place until midnight, with a capacity of 50%. Outside of performance halls, events must have marked seats and distance rules.

As for amateur and youth sports, 33% of the public will be allowed inside sports venues.

The second phase of the summer deconfinement plan will come into effect on 28 June and last until the end of August. Transport will then be able to operate without restrictions and visits to the Lojas do Cidadão (Citizens’ Bureaux) will be able to take place without an appointment.

As for sporting activities, including professional ones, they will be subject to the rule of 33% of the capacity, and the Directorate-General of Health may impose rules, such as compulsory tests.

Prime Minister António Costa explained that the football pre-season will thus operate with 33% of fans in the stands.

In other words: there are only two sectors that are still not allowed to open: bars and nightclubs, with no prediction as to when this will happen.

At the same time, parties and pilgrimages are not allowed and weddings and christenings continue with a limit of 50% of guests.

The meeting of the Council of Ministers today also served to the Government to make changes in the application of restrictions in low density municipalities.

In these municipalities, the limits of incidence of cases of Covid-19, for the application of restrictions, doubles. In other words, if the threshold is 120 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants at 14 days, it becomes 240 cases in these municipalities. If the threshold is 240, it becomes 480.

In the case of the Algarve, only the municipalities of Aljezur, Monchique, Vila do Bispo, Alcoutim and Castro Marim are considered low density territories.

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