The contingency situation is in effect across the country since Tuesday, September 15th, which has implemented new measures to contain the spread of coronavirus infection cases. Thus, gatherings are limited to 10 people, unless they belong to the same household, on public spaces and in commercial establishments.
Commercial establishments can only open after 10 am, "with exceptions such as patisseries, cafes, hairdressers and gyms". The closing hours, in the case of Porto, is authorised until 11 pm, by order of the Mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira.
The restaurants can remain open until 1 am, being able to receive customers until midnight for meals.
With the reopening of schools, restaurants, cafes, and patisseries within 300 meters from schools will be limited to a maximum of four people per group, unless they belong to the same household. In the food courts of shopping centres, the same maximum limit of four people per group is also imposed.
Selling alcoholic drinks in service areas or at petrol stations is prohibited. In retail establishments, including supermarkets and hypermarkets, selling alcoholic drinks after 8 pm is prohibited. The consumption of alcoholic drinks continues to be banned in public spaces, and drinking alcohol is also banned in the outside spaces of restaurants and liquor stores after 8 pm, except during meal service.
Specifically, for the metropolitan areas of Porto and Lisbon, working schedules that combine remote working and working at the workplace was established, as well as the mandatory staggered timetabling in the workplace, as well as different hours for breaks and meals.
In early September, at an Executive meeting, Rui Moreira had already approved the temporary strengthening he proposed for various bus routes and timetables operated in the city by Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto (STCP), taking into account that circumstances dictate the reduction of maximum capacity of buses.