Extra terrace space for restaurants

in News · 13-05-2020 11:00:00 · 1 Comments

Restaurants in the 16 municipalities of the Algarve will be exempt from paying the usual fees for terraces according to the president of the Algarve Intermunicipal Community (AMAL).

“There is a willingness on the part of the municipalities to collaborate with businesses, in this case exempting fees for terraces,” stated António Pina, adding that the exemption period “varies from municipality to municipality, being longer in some than in others”.

At a time when, due to the covid-19 pandemic, outdoor spaces are privileged, municipalities are also available to “evaluate an increase in the space occupied by terraces, case by case”, but always guaranteeing the pedestrian's passage.

As the area occupied in the public space determines the payment amount, António Pina does not see any impediment in a possible increase in the space of the terraces since, with this exemption, “the owners would pay the same, which is zero”.

The municipality of Portimão was the first to announce the exemption of fees on terraces - which will remain in effect until the end of the year, under an exceptional and temporary regime -, a measure that will still be submitted for discussion and approval at the Municipal Assembly.

Asked by Lusa in relation to other businesses - in addition to catering -, they may come to require terraces to compensate for the reduction in the capacity of the establishments, the official considers that "it would be difficult to guarantee access control and hygiene of the material".

In relation to the big summer festivals in the Algarve, António Pina considered that “there are probably no conditions [for the realization] even of the medium and small ones, at least in the usual way,”.

The decision was formalized at an AMAL meeting on Monday, "in a general understanding" of the 16 municipalities and "according to the Government's instructions", which require the cancellation of festivals until September 30, a measure that "everyone considers reasonable ”, he stressed.

Among others, this year there will be no Fatacil (Lagoa), Medieval Fair (Silves) and the Sardine Festival (Portimão) and Seafood Festival (Olhão).


the correct headline has to be like this:

Restaurants in the 16 municipalities of the Algarve will BE exempt from paying.....

By Lobo from Algarve on 13-05-2020 12:01
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