Lisbon takes a step back in the lockdown easing
Following several weeks of slow increase in the number of Covid cases, the Council of Lisbon and the surrounding Metropolitan area are taking a step back in the national process of lockdown easing, the Government announced after this Thursday’s Council of Ministers. The municipalities of Sesimbra and Albufeira will also be stepping back, which means that several restrictions will return, affecting restaurants, shops and freedom of movement to other regions.
The number of new Covid cases in the Lisbon Metropolitan area is of particular concern and the situation “is very complex”, noted the Minister for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers following the meeting, justifying the increasing growth of infections with the recently identified Delta strain of Covid-19. Movement to and from the Lisbon Metropolitan area will be forbidden between 3 p.m. on Friday and 6 a.m. on Monday for the second weekend in a row, with exception of people carrying a digital certificate of vaccination or immunity or travellers with negative tests in the last 72 hours (PCR) or 48 hours (antigen).
An additional 25 Councils were placed on the orange tier of monitoring, meaning that if those territories retain the current level of infections (over 120 cases per 100.000 inhabitants) during the next two weeks, they will also step back on the lockdown easing process. All these Councils will have limited closing times for restaurants, shops and shopping centres.
In the last 24 hours, the health authorities registered 1556 new cases of Covid-19 and two related deaths. Below is a summary of the new key rules.
Measures to be implemented in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area
- People are forbidden to leave the region or enter the region between 3 p.m. on Friday and 6 a.m. on Monday, unless they have a digital certificate of vaccination or immunity or a negative Covid-19 test in the last 72 hours (PCR) or 48 hours (antigen).
Measures to be implemented in the Councils of Lisbon, Sesimbra and Albufeira
- Restaurants, cafes, pastry shops, shops and non-food retailers will only be allowed to open on Saturdays and Sundays until 3:30 p.m. and will have to remain closed for the rest of the weekend.
- Food retailers and large retailers that sell food must close at no later than 7 p.m.
Measures to be implemented in the Councils on the orange tier of monitoring
- All restaurants and similar locations, as well as all shops and retailers must close at no later than 10:30 p.m.
- Lagos and Loulé (Algarve), Sintra, Cascais, Oeiras, Almada and Setúbal are among the municipalities impacted by these measures.
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