Last phase of deconfinement. What changes from this Friday?

The last phase of the lifting of restrictions imposed to control the pandemic enters into force in mainland Portugal on Friday, with the reopening of bars and clubs and the end of occupancy restrictions for shops and restaurants.

On Friday, the mainland will also be in alert situation, the lowest level of response to disaster situations provided for in the Basic Civil Protection Law and which will be in force until 23:59 on 31 October.

As foreseen in this third phase of deconfinement, commercial establishments, restaurants, cafes and in general commerce are no longer subject to a maximum number of customers or people per group, and restrictions on their opening hours are also lifted.

The nightlife spaces, closed since March 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic, may reopen as of Friday, at a time when the country is about to reach 85% of residents with full vaccination.

The use of masks will be mandatory in public transport, in Citizens’ Shops, in schools (except in outdoor recreational spaces), in concert halls, cinemas, congress halls, event venues, health services and in residential structures for the elderly, as well as in commercial spaces with an area greater than 400 square meters, including shopping centers.