Coronavirus: restrictions and closures in Lisbon

Update: 21 March 2020

The Portuguese government is taking measures against COVID-19. In order to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus, the government has taken a number of measures to stop the pandemic. These concern areas of entertainment and culture.
One of the most important measures is the banning of events: indoor events with a capacity of more than 1000 persons are now banned. Same goe for outdoor events with a capacity of more than 5000 persons.

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Below is an overview of what is closing in the city and what the restrictions are. We try to keep this article up to date with the most recent changes imposed by the Portuguese government and the City of Lisbon.


Almost all monuments open to the public are closed until at least 3 April, including but not limited to:

  • O Padrão dos Descobrimentos
  • Mosteiros dos Jerónimos
  • Torre de Belém

  • Castelo de São Jorge has also been closed to the public since Monday afternoon March 16. Initially, the municipality wanted to keep the viewpoint open, but due to the long queues of tourists that arose, it was decided to close the castle.


    The museums in Lisbon are closed until at least April 3. All municipal museums are closed, such as the Fado museum, Museu de Lisboa, Museu do Aljube. Some important tourist museums: Museu Nacional dos Coches, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado. Museu Nacional de Arqueologia, MAAT, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.


    Shopping malls are still open, but limited in number of visitors to ensure a minimum distance of 1 meter. Supermarkets are still open, but medium-sized to large establishments may not have more than 50 – 70 people inside. There are guards at the supermarket door to ensure the number of people going in is equal to those leaving the supermarket.

    Inside the supermarket, employees are alert if the necessary distance of 1 meter is not maintained. This also applies at the cash register. So be sure to count on a queue.

    Since 15 March, the supermarkets have adjusted their opening hours. The lidl closes its doors at 7pm and most Continente open in the afternoon and close at 8pm.

    Sports clubs, swimming pools, libraries, schools are closed until at least 3 April.

    Most post offices close their doors, the establishments that are open have limited opening hours from 12:30 – 14:30.

    More and more shops are closing, Bimba Y Lola, Rituals, Nespresso, Chicco, A Loja do Gato Preto are closed.


    Most restaurants are still open, but have reduced the maximum capacity by a third. If you plan to go to a restaurant, check on their site if they are still open. There are restaurants that choose to close their doors like: Portugália.

    All clubs and bars are closed.

    Cinema São Jorge is closed until at least April 3. The other cinemas will remain open, but fewer tickets are sold so that the necessary distance is guaranteed to prevent contamination.

    The municipal theatres (São Luiz, LuCa and Bairro Alto Theater) are closed until at least April 3. Teatro Nacional D. Maria II has suspended all activities until 6 April.

    Travel to Lisbon

    Officially there are no travel restrictions to Portugal because of the coronavirus. If you come back from holiday you do not have to be quarantined.

    Travellers on cruise ships are not allowed to disembark unless they are Portuguese.

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