UPDATE: Lisbon, Braga Left Out of Next Lifting of COVID Restrictions

Six municipalities are likely being left behind due to high incidence of COVID transmissions during the past several weeks. This would be bad news for many businesses and night owls.

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Lisbon, along with Braga and four other concelhos (municipalities) will likely have to maintain current COVID-related restrictions as the rest of the country moves toward the next phase of “deconfinement” on June 14. UPDATE 15h30: That is indeed the case, Público reports.

Lisbon mayor Fernando Medina told TVI23 on Tuesday that the city doesn’t have the conditions to advance to the next stage. This Wednesday, the Council of Ministers is expected to announce who advances to the next phase. 

Lisbon had an incidence of 181 cases per 100,000 residents over the last 14-day period, Direção-Geral de Saúde (DGS – Directorate-General for Health) reported, up from 153 cases in the previous period, according to ECO. Portuguese health officials have said that to proceed into the next phase, concelhos must have a maximum of 120 cases per 100,000 residents in two consecutive assessments leading up to June 14, or face additional restrictions — and potentially be forced to return to previous restrictions.

Concelhos that will advance with deconfinement on June 14 will be able to have restaurants close at 1 a.m. rather than 22:30, while cultural entertainment will be allowed to operate until midnight, rather than 22:30, among other measures.

The other four concelhos likely to not advance into the next phase are Cantanhede, Castelo de Paiva, Salvaterra de Magos and Vale de Cambra.

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