Illustration by Bogdan Kamuta
For Easter, Portugal’s government is giving us a big gift: because we’ve been good for the past few weeks — the country overall is below 120 COVID cases per 100,000 people, and the dreaded R number is under 1 — the plan to come out of the confinement is proceeding next week!
You still can’t travel between concelhos until Tuesday, April 6. BUT! On April 5, you can:
– go to fairs and non-food markets, although that’s up to specific municipalities (see a list of our favorite markets here, but check with the organizers!)
– visit stores that are up to 200 square meters and have street-facing doors
– send kids, if you have any, or recently found out to be yours, to school if they’re in grades 5 trough 9 (younger kids have returned to classes in March)
For now, the plan is to further lift restrictions on April 19, including reopening all schools and universities, cinemas and theaters, government centers for the public, all shopping, all restaurants (with a four-person limit indoors and six outdoors, and only until 22h, or 01h on the weekends), and more. From May 3, all sports are due to return, gyms are to reopen, and large events will be allowed again, if all goes well in the next month.
The situation may change in two weeks for concelhos whose cases per 100,000 or the R number are higher than the limits, of which there are 19, according to the government’s report (in Portuguese), but the April 5 “de-confinement” plan applies to the whole country.
Don’t ruin this, people. Like, wear masks, and for the love of summer, don’t sneeze without covering your face, yeah?