The chairman of the Baixa Pombalina Dynamics Association explained: “Although there are more people walking in the historical center of the capital, consumption is still below normal due to lack of definition.”
Until the end of this year, the lack of tourists and mandatory telecommuting were causing “very big concerns” among traders living in Lisbon. Lisbon is a region where residents are scarce and businesses rely heavily on tourism.
In an interview with Lusa News Agency, the chairman of Baixa Pombalina Dynamization Association explained that although there are more people walking in the historical center of the capital, consumption is still below normal due to lack of definition.
“Sales related to ticket gates have improved. There have been slight changes. Now, the number of people in Baixa has increased, but sales are still decreasing. This is a worrying and abyssal thing, that is, “This is More people, but consumers are still irrelevant in terms of current business needs,” Manuel Lopes emphasized.
The official said that telecommuting had a negative impact in Baixa Pombalina, because “working from home” took people out of the city during the most important time of the day.
“There are thousands of people who resigned in Baixa but did not come to Baixa. Those commuters did not come to Baixa. They had no lunch, no breakfast, and no other ordinary people. He observed, He reiterated the “buying of goods”, that is, workers “lack of business.”
According to the government’s decision, as long as the function allows, telecommuting will continue until the end of this year to minimize the risk of spreading covid-19 infection.
“The approved decree will extend the special and transitional system until December 31, 2021, to reorganize work and minimize the risk of spreading covid-19 infection within the labor-management relationship, but does not affect this possibility. Further expansion after consultation with the social partners”, read the communiqué of the Council of Ministers.
Manuel Lopes expressed his concern, acknowledging once again that Baixa relies on approximately 80% of the tourism industry, and explained that at this moment, it is impossible to calculate that it has to be closed due to the pandemic crisis. The number of places.
According to the association’s statistics, by November, about 115 commercial spaces will be closed.
On March 15th, the government’s reorganization plan began. The first phase is to reopen the daycare centers, preschool education, the first cycle of basic education, businesses leading to the ticket gates, and aesthetic institutions such as hairdressers.
In the second phase, April 5th, the square, day center and shops with less than 200 square meters leading to the street were reopened, and face-to-face courses for students were resumed in the second and third rounds of basic education.
The government’s gradual opening plan will enter a new phase on April 19 and May 3, but the measures may be revised based on the transmission rate (Rt) of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the number of new infections per 100,000 residents per day In Portugal.
According to today’s report from the General Administration of Health (DGS), currently at the national level, Rt is 1.06 and there are 72.4 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Among other measures, it is planned to reopen all shops and shopping centers on April 19, such as restaurants, cafes and pastry shops (up to 4 people per table and 6 people on the terrace) until 22:00 or 13 :00 on weekends and holidays.