Restart of economic sectors – Portugal

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Today, the Portuguese Prime Minister will announce the timelines and rules applicable to the reopening of some economic sectors.

Resume of activity in some sectors is expected to be divided into stages: on May 4, May 18, and June 1. The opening of schools is also is expected to be announced.

Sources next to the Portuguese Government and newsflashes by Portuguese press announce the possible reopening of stores up to 200 m2, hairstylists and barbers, bookstores, car dealerships, and notaries on May 4.

Individual sports activities, such as golf and tennis, are expected to be allowed if the facilities have individual changing rooms and showers.

Public transportation limitations are expected to be put in place but have not yet been revealed.

Teleworking remains as the rule and is recommended whenever possible during May. It is yet to be determined if teleworking will continue to be mandatory for companies.

On May 18, stores up to 400 m2, restaurants and coffee shops, cultural spaces, such as museums, are expected to reopen. There will be a limitation on capacity. On the same day, it is also expected kindergartens are reopening.

In June the remaining commercial businesses and public services, such as “Lojas do Cidadão”, cinemas and theaters (with limited capacity,) and sports events (still without spectators) will also be allowed to resume activities.

The measures to be applied to the following sectors and events have not been decided:

  • Music festivals
  • Gyms
  • Bars and Nightclubs
  • Religious gatherings

The restart of economic activities will be under strong scrutiny by the Health Authorities and is subject to change, suspension, or cancellation if it negatively impacts the spreading of the Covid19 virus.

This is an ongoing matter. Updates are expected.

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