Albufeira and Loulé retreat into mistrust, Odemira maintains

Situation in Portugal is "more worrying than a week ago"

The councils of Albufeira and Loulé are going to back down in the process of deconfinement due to the increase in the incidence of Covid-19 cases, minister Mariana Vieira da Silva has just announced, at the press conference after today's Council of Ministers. As for Odemira, it continues without advancing.

For Albufeira and Loulé, the "rules prior to the current phase" will apply, namely the closing of restaurants and cafes at 22 pm and the maintenance of restrictions on sporting activities.

Teleworking becomes mandatory and all stores and shopping centers can work until 21:00.

Restaurants, cafes and patisseries (with a maximum of 6 people inside or 10 on the terraces) can be open until 22:30 and cultural shows can also take place until 22:30.

This setback in the lack of confinement, in Albufeira and Loulé, is due to the fact that they have, for two consecutive weeks, more than 120 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants.

According to the bulletin of the Regional Health Administration of the Algarve, distributed to municipalities, referring to the incidence rate in the different Algarve counties, on June 15th, Albufeira had already reached 238 new confirmed cases in the last 14 days per 100.000 inhabitants, and Loulé os 124 cases/100 thousand inhabitants.

Odemira, in Alentejo, as it maintains a high rate, continues with the rules that were already in force and which are the same as those in Albufeira and Loulé.

As for the municipalities on alert, there is only one in the Algarve: it is Lagos.

Due to the high numbers of new Covid-19 cases registered in recent days, the Government also decided to take specific measures for the Metropolitan Area of ​​Lisbon.

Thus, from 15:00 on this Friday, June 18, it will be prohibited, during the weekend, to enter or leave that Metropolitan Area.