The Porto City Council revealed that 123 esplanades in the city have already been authorized to increase the area, totaling 810 square meters and an expansion rate of around 60%, to face Covid-19.
“At the end of the first week of the application of the special regime for the occupation of public space with a terrace, the municipality has already made it possible to increase the area to 123 esplanades. These orders resulted in an overall increase of 810 square meters compared to previous licenses, which means that the authorized increase in area was over 60% ”, described the municipality, on its official website.
With this “transitory” regime, created to circumvent the “constraints” inside the establishments due to Covid-19, the municipality “now accepts the occupation of parking spaces with terraces for terraces”. "This possibility is only considered where there is no clear chance that the terraces will be installed elsewhere", he explains.
The Chamber also passed “to authorize the installation of terraces in squares, wide and square where today this occupation is not allowed, for the use of establishments located in the vicinity, although not spatially contiguous ”.
“Between the establishments and the terraces there may be a road circulation channel, but only in one direction”, he explains. In these cases, says the municipality, "the area of the terrace can correspond, at most, to half of the area of the establishment reserved for customers".
The rules of the special regime, which is expected to remain in force until the end of the year, also cover “terrace furniture”, since the licenses “are restricted to tables, chairs and umbrellas and none of the elements to be installed may contain advertising to brands ”.