LISBON | Near two and a half months after their closure due to a pandemic, cinemas, theatres and entertainment venues will begin to reopen from Monday to Portugal in the framework of the continuation of the déconfinement.
The gyms can also resume their activity, with new health rules, and telework ceases to be compulsory.
The shopping centers will also be able to reopen their doors with the exception of those of the Lisbon region, which has known in recent days an increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 more important than in the rest of the country.
“The evolution of the situation in the region of Lisbon stands out clearly from the rest of the country,” explained the prime minister, Antonio Costa, said that the decision to reopen the shopping centers would be “reviewed” on Thursday.
On the 297 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in 24 hours, 268 were in the region of Lisbon, according to the latest report released Sunday by the general Directorate of Health, which reported a cumulative number of 1 410 deaths and 32 500 reported cases.
The religious celebrations in the presence of the faithful have been to their share of new permitted since Saturday.
In Lisbon, the cinema Ideal prepares to open in the heart of the old town.
“I hope that there will be very few people, because this is all very new!”, told AFP the producer and distributor Pedro Borges, who operates the oldest cinema of lisbon.
“I am aware that the return of the spectators is going to be slow”, he added.
Other cinemas have preferred to wait as the group’s network OUR, which manages more than 200 cinemas in Portugal and believes that they need more time to put in place the necessary measures “to welcome the spectators safe,” said a spokesman to AFP.
In Lisbon, the bullring of Campo Pequeno is ready also to welcome their first show. This room has a capacity of over 9,000 seats will only welcome that some 2 000 spectators who will all need to wear a mask.
Tickets for the show of comedian Bruno Nogueira, who had gathered up to 170 000 people around of his conversations published on Instagram during the containment, are gone in less than 15 minutes, according to promoters.