Algarve restaurants encouraged to provide outdoor seating

Owners of restaurants in the Algarve are being encouraged to provide outdoor seating areas and expand existing ones, after the region’s municipalities association (AMAL) announced the exemption of “terrace tax”, in line with a decision already made by Portimão council.

AMAL boss António Pina, who is also Olhão Mayor, says the 16 councils are committed to helping restaurants reopen by exempting owners from paying the additional tax.

Each municipality will then decide the duration of the “terrace tax” exemption, Pina told Lusa news agency.

In the case of Portimão, the exemption will last until the end of the year (click here).

Whenever possible, restaurants are also allowed to expand existing terraces, but this will be agreed on a “case-by-case” basis.

As the AMAL boss explained, “pavements cannot be occupied by restaurant tables and chairs as it would condition the circulation of pedestrians”.

Pina also commented on the cancellation of virtually all of the region’s most popular summer events, suggesting that even the events that usually attract smaller crowds may be unlikely to happen as it would be difficult to limit gatherings to smaller numbers.