Government “admits possibility of reopening of local commerce” on March 17

New revelations in the media today point to the government seriously considering the reopening of local commerce as soon as March 17. The move would include ‘shoe shops, clothes shops, auto stands’, says Correio da Manhã, but is unlikely to encompass hairdressers or barbers as they represent “a higher risk of contagion”. The news is speculative at this point. There has been no confirmation from any official government source. Indeed, CM’s text suggests local commerce could actually open ahead of schools, which the paper now says will only reopen on April 5. The government is due to present its deconfinement plan following Thursday’s Council of Ministers.