Portugal will be reopening its bars and nightclubs starting August 1st, the Portuguese government announced on Thursday.
Bars and clubs, just like other business establishments in Portugal, were shut down in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, reopening them is optional, as per Minister of State and the Presidency, Mariana Viera de Silva.
Though, dancefloors are not allowed.
Opening bars and nightclubs should be under the context of controlling the COVID-19 situation in the country, she said.
Furthermore, they have to follow the same rules given to cafés and bakeries to reopen, she added.
Those who want to function as cafés and bakeries can reopen “without changing their activity,” she said.
Establishments who choose this option can operate until a specific time.
Bars and nightclubs in Lisbon are required to close at 8 pm GMT, and 1 am in other parts of the country.
Bars that are without “shows and drink establishments” but have “dance spaces” will “remain closed,” de Silva said.
However, they can reopen without changing their “classification of economic activities” if they will function as bakeries and coffee shops.
In mid-July, the Portuguese government decided to implement a partial lockdown in some parts of Lisbon, said World Aware.
The plan is to extend the lockdown until July 29th.
As of July 30th, Portugal has reported 50, 868 coronavirus cases, and 1,727 deaths.
Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city, leads in terms of active outbreaks and the number of cases.
Portugal Still On Britain’s Travel Ban List
Portugal is still included on Britain’s travel ban list.
However, according to the Telegraph, Portugal’s coronavirus infection rate is lower than in some countries in Britain’s safe list.
Belgium and Monaco are also included on the safe list, despite being “quarantine-free”, as per the Telegraph.
Portugal’s politicians are not happy with the decision.
Britain’s action was not “backed by facts,” tweeted Augusto Santos Silva, Portugal’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, as per The Sun.
Pedro Siza Vieira, Portugal’s Minister of Economy also said that the decision to ban Portugal has no scientific basis.