LISBON – New openings

Shopping centres, concert halls, cinemas, gymnasiums, swimming pools and shops reopened on Monday (1 June), ending the “civic duty of home collection” due to COVID-19, in the third phase of the deconfinement plan.

The government announced the third phase of lifting lockdown measures on Friday (29 May) as it decided to extend for another 15 days until 14 June the ‘calamity’ situation, which has been in force since 3 May.

It also decided to postpone the lifting of some restrictions in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (AML), where special rules will be imposed, mainly related to activities involving “large crowds of people”.

When it comes to gatherings, up to 20 people are allowed to get together, except for those living in the AML, who can only meet ten at a time.

Moreover, stores located in shopping centres, as well as stores with an area of more than 400 square meters could reopen. This also applied to food and beverage consumption businesses, unless located in the AML. However, these would have to observe certain conditions and respecting the guidelines defined by the Directorate General of Health (DGS).

In catering and similar establishments, “impermeable” separation barriers will have to be installed between customers facing each other and there will have to be a 1.5-metre distance between tables. (

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