The first of four phases of deconfinement begins today

Know all the rules and all phases of the gradual lifting of containment measures

Algarve in times of uncertainty – Photo: Flávio Costa | Sul Informação

As of today, March 15th, day care centers, pre-school and primary education, as well as hairdressers, manicures, barbers (all by appointment), bookstores and libraries, the local trade in non-essential goods, reopen, that can open for sale to the wicket, as well as car and real estate stores, parks and gardens.

These are some of the key measures of the first of four phases of deconfinement, announced on the 11th by Prime Minister António Costa. It will be, as he said, a “dropper” deconfinement, with new restrictions to be lifted every fortnight, on the 5th and 19th of April and also on the 3rd of May.

This "gradual strategy for surveying containment measures" has "four phases, with a period of 15 days between each one to assess the impacts of the measures on the evolution of the pandemic, as well as the levels of incidence and growth".

For now, the Parliament has approved and the President of the Republic decreed the renewal of the state of emergency until March 31st.

So, to fully know what you can and cannot do from this Monday onwards, follow this complete guide:

Resume, from 15 March, face-to-face educational and teaching activities in public, private and cooperative educational establishments and in the social and solidarity sector, pre-school education and the 1st cycle of basic education, as well as day care centers, family day care centers and childminders;

It resumes, from March 15th, face-to-face activities of family support and curriculum enrichment, as well as activities provided in leisure activities centers and study centers and the like, only for children and students who resume educational and teaching activities;

From the 15th, the possibility of restarting the activity of establishments of non-essential goods that intend to maintain their activity exclusively for the purposes of home delivery or provision of goods at the door of the establishment, at the wicket or through a collection service for purchased products previously through distance communication means (click and collect);

As of this Monday, non-food retail trade activities and the provision of services in establishments in operation close at 21:00 pm on weekdays and at 13:00 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays and food retail trade activities close at 21:00 pm on weekdays and 19:00 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays;

The pharmacy hours regime is applicable to non-prescription drug sales establishments;
from March 15th, it is allowed, in restaurants and similar, the availability of drinks in takeaway;

It is clarified that the ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages in retail establishments, including supermarkets and hypermarkets and in takeaway (from 20:00 pm) is applicable until 06:00 am;

From the 15th of March, the opening of hairdressing salons, barbers, beauty institutes and similar establishments is allowed by appointment;

Also starting today, the opening of establishments for the sale of books and musical supports is allowed; trade in automobiles and bicycles; real estate brokerage services; parks, gardens, green spaces and leisure spaces, as well as libraries and archives;

The ban on traveling outside the mainland territory, carried out by any means, namely by road, rail, air, river or sea, by Portuguese citizens is lifted;

However, the prohibition of circulation between municipalities is determined, which will be applicable on the weekend of 20th and 21st of March, and daily from the 26th of March until the 5th of April (inclusive), covering, hence, the Easter period.



The second phase of the gradual lifting of the containment measures, if all goes well, takes place from April 5th, when the 2nd and 3rd cycle schools reopen ((and ATL for the same ages), museums, monuments and palaces and stores up to 200 square meters, with a door to the street.

Also on the 5th of next month, fairs and markets return (by municipal decision) and low-risk sports.

The terraces of cafes and restaurants can also reopen, with a maximum of 4 people per table, and outdoor physical activity is allowed, up to four people, and gyms without group classes.

They also reopen social facilities in the area of ​​disability.



Two weeks later, the April 19th, secondary and higher education return, and there is also authorization for the reopening of cinemas, theaters, auditoriums, theaters and citizen shops, with face-to-face service by appointment.

On the same date, all other stores and shopping centers will also reopen and medium-risk sports will return.

At the same time, restaurants, cafes and patisseries also open their interior space, where they can have a maximum of 4 people per table, or 6 on the terraces.

These establishments will, from here, open until 22:00 from Monday to Friday and until 13:00 on weekends and holidays.

Also on April 19, the outdoor events return, with reduced capacity, weddings and baptisms (with 25% capacity).

Outdoor physical activity can have a maximum of 6 people.



Finally, if all goes well over this month and a half of deconfinement, the May 3 the last phase will arrive, which, even so, will maintain some restrictions.

Thus, all sports are allowed, while restaurants, cafes and patisseries will operate without a time limit – and with a maximum of 6 people inside and 10 on the terraces.

Finally, it will be possible to have large outdoor and indoor events, with reduced capacity and weddings and baptisms with 50% capacity.

Another rule, which remains throughout this period, and from today, Monday, March 15th, is the maintenance of teleworking, whenever possible.