LISBON Leaning over the golden-plated counter of the "Fantastic World of Sardines" in Portugal's capital, cashier Andre Moureira waited for just a single customer to break the boredom of the morning.
LISBON Surfboards, beach buckets and picnic baskets in tow, Portuguese flocked to the ocean in droves on Saturday for their first state-sanctioned beach weekend of the year.
LISBON Masked waiters served a trickle of customers sitting safely apart at newly-opened cafes while some pupils returned to school at staggered times during Portugal's start of a second phase of exit from coronavirus lockdown. | Video
LISBON, May 18 Cafes served morning coffee,
creches reopened and masked pupils went back to school for the
first time in months as Portugal entered a second phase of its
lockdown exit on Monday.
LISBON, May 15 Portugal's tourism-dependent
economy reversed its growth path to shrink a steep 3.9% in the
first quarter from the preceding three months as the effects of
the coronavirus epidemic started taking their toll, mainly in
March, data showed on Friday.
LISBON As reservation calendars at Portugal's 90,000 holiday homes were wiped clean amid the coronavirus outbreak, councils in its biggest cities swooped in with offers to rent up to 2,000 properties to sublet as low-cost housing.
LISBON In a move aimed at ensuring people had a roof over their heads for the duration of the coronavirus outbreak, Portugal's government on Thursday extended a measure stating contracts could not expire or be cancelled to the end of September.
LISBONFatima, 57, was midway through a course for the long-term unemployed at her local job centre in Lisbon, earning about 10 euros a day selling jewellery and knick-knacks at street stalls and community centres to make ends meet.
LISBON Portugal downgraded its state of emergency to a category of "calamity" on Sunday, as spring sunshine drew people outdoors and the rate of new coronavirus cases reached its lowest since the beginning of the outbreak.
LISBON Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa on Thursday announced a sector-by-sector plan to gradually lift lockdown measures imposed six weeks ago to combat the coronavirus outbreak.