According to the Lusa News Agency, the “rule is the prohibition of fairs and markets, unless allowed” by the mayor. For these fairs to take place, “security conditions and compliance with the guidelines defined by the Directorate-General for Health” must still be verified.

The ban announced on 31 October was the subject of criticism by marketers and even some mayors. Furthermore, they even threatened protests in Lisbon.

The Association of Fairs and Markets of the North Region considered that the suspension of fairs and markets as "unfair" and it would be "catastrophic" for thousands of families and businesses.