A source told Lusa, that the decision was taken after a meeting of the Municipal Security Council and based on the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The municipal executive, led by Social Democrat Carlos Moedas, evaluated the possibility of holding fireworks in three places in the city, instead of concentrating on Terreiro do Paço, but the pandemic situation led to the cancellation of these shows.

In early December, the mayor of Lisbon, Carlos Moedas, announced that New Year's Eve festivities in the city had been cancelled due to the evolution of the pandemic, stating that a decision on fireworks would come later.