Portugal takes a step forward in Deconfiment Plan and restaurants and museums reopen today

Today, on May 18, Portugal takes one more step forward in its Deconfinement Plan. A new phase begins and more activities and sectors of the economy are back to work following all the rules established by the Directorate-General of Health (the public body of the Ministry of Health in Portugal.)

The date also matches with the International Museum Day, and most museums in Portugal reopen today.

Slowly people are going back to the streets and life is starting to go back to normal. Or at least, the new normal.

What opens today in Lisbon?

Shops and Restaurants

• Street shops up to 400m2

• Restaurants, cafes and bakeries, with a reduced capacity of 50%


• Museums, monuments and palaces and art galleries

In Lisbon, according to information from the City Council website, to ensure the safety of everyone, visitors must follow the instructions posted and/or transmitted by museum and gallery employees, in agreement with the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health and the current legislation for the Covid-19 pandemic, specifically:

• mandatory use of masks indoors.

• reduced capacity, which varies according to the characteristics and dimensions of the buildings.

• keep social distancing.

What museums and monuments will I be able to visit in Lisbon from today?

NOTE: Torre de Belém and Castelo de São Jorge remain closed by now.

Before visiting the museums, it is recommended to check hours and visit conditions on the museum’s official websites, as some may still be working in reduced hours.

The same recommendation is valid for restaurants. If you would like to pay a visit to a special restaurant, you’d better call or check on the restaurant’s social media first to certify if it is opened and if reservations are needed. Not all restaurants reopen today, some are still in the process of adapting their space and team to meet the new hygiene and safety rules.

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