Reopening plan /3rd Phase [Updated 1st June]
During the outbreak of pneumonia by the new
Coronavirus – COVID-19 the Portuguese government has been taking
all necessary public health measures to protect the entire population,
and is currently in the 3rd phase of the reopening plan, which started
in may. The analysis of the evolution of the outbreak is constant
and implementation of new measures will be carried out whenever
General behaviour guidelines were enacted, in which all people must
adopt a social distance (2 meters) and the use of face masks is
mandatory in public transport and services, shops and supermarkets, in
closed spaces or in places with many people.
In order to prevent the spread of the virus and the possibility of
contagion, all services should take hygiene and sanitisation measures
according to the indications of the Directorate-General for Health,
with specific recommendations for various sectors of activity. In
tourism, the “Clean & Safe” seal, defined by Turismo de
Portugal, was implemented, which allows tourists to have greater
security and confidence in the use of accommodation establishments, in
the various tourist services and tourist attractions.
In the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores, both regional
governments have enacted some specific measures.
Detailed information about the Deconfinement Plan at
Source: [ https://www.visitportugal.com/nl/node/421175 ]
Decommissioning - dates when Portugal will reopen [overpast]
The portuguese government presented yesterday the
deconflation plan valid from 4th May on. Portugal has lived in the last
six weeks in a state of emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Find
out here the most relevant dates for the reopening of the country.
General rules in force in Portugal -
from 4th May
- Confinement becomes mandatory only for sick people and under active
- Civic duty of home collection continues to apply;
- Prohibition of events or gatherings with more than 10 people;
- Maximum capacity of 5 people / 100m2 in closed spaces;
- Funerals can now be held with the presence of family members.
Trade and Catering
- Rules from 4th May: Mandatory use of mask / operation from 10 am for
stores to reopen.
- Hairdressers and similar: by appointment and
- Restaurants: 50% capacity, operation until 23 pm
and specific conditions .
Commerce and Restaurants
From 4th May to open:
- Local shops: stores with open doors to the street up to 200m2 -
Hairdressers, manicurists and the like;
- bookstores and car trade, regardless of the area.
From 18th May to open:
- Stores with open doors to the street up to 400m2 or parts of stores
up to 400 m2 (or larger by decision of the local authority)
- restaurants, cafes and patisseries / terraces.
From 1st June to open:
-Stores with an area greater than 400m2 or inserted in shopping centers.
Schools and Social Facilities
- school rules: Mandatory use of masks (except children in daycare
centers and kindergartens).
- Rules: it becomes mandatory to use a mask / attendance by prior
appointment- Deconcentrated branches serving the public (finance
offices, conservatories, etc.)
- Citizen stores open from 1st May.
From 4th May
- Practicing individual outdoor sports - Without using changing rooms
or swimming pools.
From 30/31 May
- Football: official competitions of the 1st Football League and
Portuguese Cup, conditions for opening stadiums subject to evaluation
by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).
Return on the weekend of 30-31 May.
- Community celebrations according to rules to be defined between the
Directorate-General for Health (DGS) and religious denominations.
From 4th May
- Libraries and archives.
From 18th May to open:
- Museums, monuments and palaces, art galleries and the like.
From 1st June
- Cinemas, theaters, auditoriums, concert halls - With marked seats,
reduced capacity and physical distance.
"20 reasons why we'll all return to Portugal when
this is finally over"
On 27 April 2020 the well-known british newspaper The
has published online
an article signed by journalist Mary Lussiana who wrote:
"In the new dawn of travel, when the starting gun has sounded and we
are all longing for a taste of the unknown, exotic or merely different,
Portugal is that rare thing of being near but with beaches that rival
the Caribbean, of being foreign but familiar. Best of all, they love
us. After all, Portugal is England’s oldest ally with a
friendship formalised in 1386 ... read article
"More than 90% of companies ... zero sales" in
April and May 2020.
Published in 22.04.2020
In the briefing about the situation of tourism in
in the COVID-19 pandemy period, the president of Portuguese Tourism
Confederation, Francisco Calheiros, has said that the impact of the
Covid-19 crisis on the sector has been "extremely violent", "It's
difficult to attribute a number". For March the impact vary from
company to company", with drops of "30%, 40% and 50%". "Now, in April
and May, they don't vary much: more than 90% of companies [will] have
zero sales," he added.
“We have already had the problem on Easter holidays, but we are
very worried about what could happen in the summer,” he said.