Lockdown easing: What will change on April 19?

  • ECO News
  • 15 April 2021

Portugal takes another step in the lockdown easing plan this Monday. From restaurants to cafes to schools, find out what activities will be back next week.

The Portuguese government gave the “green light” to another step in the lockdown easing plan, allowing the resumption of a number of activities that had been banned since January.

Prime minister António Costa revealed on Thursday that the new rules apply to most of the national territory. However, there are seven municipalities that will not be moving on to the next stage of easing lockdown rules. (Alandroal, Albufeira, Beja, Carregal do Sal, Figueira da Foz, Marinha Grande and Penela) and another four that will have to take a step back and close parts of their economic activity again (Moura, Odemira, Portimão and Rio Maior).

This is what will open on April 19:

  • Secondary and higher education;
  • Theatres, cinemas and auditoriums;
  • Citizens’ shops (Loja do cidadão);
  • Restaurants, cafes and bakeries may have table service inside their establishments (with no more than 4 people) and they can only be open until 10 pm during the week, or 1 pm on weekends and holidays;
  • Outdoor events with a capacity defined by the DGS;
  • Shops (larger than 200 square metres) and shopping centres;
  • Weddings, 25% of the allowed number of people in the facility.