Fernando Medina, who was speaking to journalists at the end of a visit to commercial establishments in Chiado, with the Prime Minister, António Costa, said that the Lisbon Chamber intends to give "a sign of support" to the restoration in this "new phase" of reopening, which will start on Monday, after weeks of closure due to covid-19.

According to the mayor of the Socialist Party, this "decision to extend the tax exemption for the installation of esplanades until the end of the year" will be taken next week and was "agreed upon by all parties, in collaboration with the city's parish councils. ".

Fernando Medina added that the intention of the Lisbon Chamber is to extend this exemption "with the possibility that - if possible, maintaining large channels for pedestrian circulation - there is some spacing of the terraces and even widening".

"What we want to transmit is a positive, reliable sign of restoration", he reinforced.

The mayor and socialist leader considered that Portugal is now "in a phase of new confidence in relation to the pandemic" and that trade is prepared "to welcome everyone safely".