New Covid-19 rules for Portugal come in

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03-07-2020 01:00:00 · 9 Comments

The majority of mainland Portugal on 1 July went into alert due to Covid-19, with the exception of the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (AML), which will pass to the contingency state.

Within the AML, which is made up of 18 municipalities, 19 parishes in five municipalities will continue to be in a state of calamity, since, according to the prime minister last week, this is where “the focus of greatest concern for new cases has been [registered]”.
Now there are three ‘levels’ of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The alert situation, the one in which the country found itself before the state of emergency was declared on 18 March, is the lowest level of intervention after the contingency and calamity situation (higher).
Last week, the Government also announced the creation of a regime of administrative offenses for those who violate the rules established within the scope of the Covid-19 pandemic, such as gatherings or consuming alcoholic beverages on the street, with fines for people ranging from €100 to €500 and from €1,000 to €5,000 for businesses.

Mainland Portugal (with the exception of AML)
Most of the country is now on alert, with the following restrictions in place:
• Mandatory home or hospital confinement for people infected with Covid-19 or subject to active surveillance.
• The rules of physical distance, use of mask, capacity levels, schedules and hygiene are maintained.
• Gatherings limited to 20 people.
• Prohibition of alcohol consumption on public streets.

Lisbon Metropolitan Area

The Metropolitan Area of Lisbon will now be in a state of contingency, with the Government decreeing more restrictive containment measures:
• Mandatory home or hospital confinement for people infected with Covid-19 or subject to active surveillance.
• Gatherings limited to 10 people.
• Prohibition of consumption of alcoholic beverages in outdoor spaces.
• Prohibition on selling alcoholic beverages in service areas and petrol stations.
• Most commercial establishments must close at 8pm.
• Hypermarkets and supermarkets can remain open until 10pm, but cannot sell alcohol after 8pm.
• Restaurants can operate beyond 8pm for on-site meals (both inside establishments and on licensed terraces), take-away or home delivery.
• No closing time is imposed for fuel supply services (they can operate 24 hours a day exclusively for the sale of fuel), pharmacies, funeral homes, sports equipment, clinics, offices and veterinarians.

19 parishes in the municipalities of Lisbon, Sintra, Amadora, Odivelas and Loures
The Government decreed that 19 parishes in five municipalities in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area will continue in a state of calamity: Santa Clara (Lisbon), the four parishes in the municipality of Odivelas (Odivelas and the parish unions of Pontinha and Famões, Póvoa de Santo Adrião and Olival Basto, and Ramada and Caneças), the six parishes in the municipality of Amadora (Alfragide, Águas Livres, Encosta do Sol, Mina de Água, Venteira and Union of Parishes of Falagueira and Venda Nova), six parishes of Sintra (unions of parishes of Queluz and Belas, Massamá and Monte Abraão, Cacém and São Marcos, Agualva and Mira Sintra, Algueirão-Mem Martins and the parish of Rio de Mouro) and two parishes of Loures (associations of parishes of Sacavém and Prior Velho, and Camarate, Unhos and Appeal).
In these parishes special containment measures have been imposed:
• People should only leave the house to go to work, go shopping, play sports or provide assistance to family members.
• Gatherings are limited to five people.
• Fairs and markets are prohibited.
• Reinforcement of mandatory containment surveillance by joint Civil Protection, Social Security and Community Health teams.
• The Healthy Neighbourhoods Programme, coordinated by architect Helena Roseta, will be implemented to improve living conditions.





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