From the return to the esplanades, gyms and museums to the end of the circulation limit between municipalities – what changes this Monday – Executive Digest

This Monday, the 5th, the second phase of deflation in Portugal kicks off. Prime Minister António Costa confirmed on Thursday that the plan would move forward, with a new set of activities ready to reopen or return to operation, particularly in the school field.

“We must keep in mind that, in relation to the transmission rate, we are heading towards the yellow zone but we are still in the green zone and we can take the step of moving forward with the planned measures of deflation,” stated Costa.

The new cases, from March 9 to 31, show that the “evolution was positive”, with 62.4 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants. The transmittability index, Rt, “has been accelerating”, however, “the combined application of the two criteria keeps us in the green quadrant”, said the official.

However, as before, rules will have to be followed regarding the capacity of spaces and the use of a mask, for example. In the case of terraces, the Prime Minister stressed the importance of keeping the mask on whenever you are not eating or drinking to minimize the risks of transmission.

In addition, the opening hours will be until 22:30, from Monday to Friday, and until 13:00, at the weekend. “If, on April 19, we can move on to the next phase, the restoration and the shows can also operate at these times,” said the minister.

As for large stores, António Costa clarified that they can return to selling products that were limited, such as clothing and decoration, for example, since street stores with this type of article reopen doors.

In turn, with regard to hotels, driving schools and public events, the rules remain. «All of this has to be avoided, we will continue to avoid it», revealed António Costa, with the aim of controlling the transmission of Covid-19.

Everything that opens this Monday

  • 2nd and 3rd cycle of basic education in public, private and cooperative education establishments and in the social and solidarity sector;
  • leisure time centers and study centers and the like, for students who are now resuming educational and teaching activities;
  • social facilities in the area of ​​disability;
  • day care centers for the elderly;
  • retail and service establishments in establishments open to the public, with less than 200 m2 and door to the street;
  • museums, monuments, palaces and archaeological or similar sites, national, regional and municipal, public or private, as well as art galleries and exhibition halls. This equipment closes at 22: 30h on weekdays and at 13:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays;
  • catering establishments for service on terraces, with a limit of four people per group. These establishments must close at 22:30 on weekdays and at 13:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays;
  • fairs and markets are allowed to operate, in addition to fairs and markets for food products, subject to authorization by the mayor of the municipality with territorial jurisdiction, in accordance with the rules established;
  • low-risk physical and sports activities, as well as physical and sports activities in gyms and gyms, with group classes being prohibited;
  • practice of physical activity outdoors, in groups of up to four people;
  • in the scope of sports facilities, certain equipment can be opened: firing ranges; tennis courts, padel courts and the like; permanent circuits for motorcycles, automobiles and the like; velodromes; racecourses and similar tracks; gyms and gyms; athletics tracks and golf courses.

Can I leave my municipality now? When does the ban end?

The ban on movement between municipalities in the Portuguese continent will not be in effect in the fortnight after Easter, after the current application of the measure, which ends on Monday night.

“In the next fortnight there is no provision for a ban on movement between municipalities, either at weekdays or at weekends,” said António Costa, after the meeting of the Council of Ministers.

The movement ban between the 278 municipalities on the continent has already been applied several times in the context of combating the covid-19 pandemic.

The measure is currently in effect, in this Easter period, since last Friday and until today at 23:59.

19 counties at risk of not advancing at the same pace

Portugal can move forward in the measures of deflation. However, some municipalities are at risk of seeing this progress stalled. “The different situation in the country as a whole must also be taken into account,” recalled António Costa.

«At the moment, we have a total of 19 counties that are above the risk threshold, that is, above 120 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in 14 days, six of which above 240 new cases.» These municipalities must exercise special caution, warned António Costa, so that they can proceed to the next stages alongside the rest of the country.

The Prime Minister stressed that the experts consulted by the Government proposed that “if in two successive assessments, the same counties are above the risk threshold, in these counties the measures of deflation must not advance”.

Of the 19 municipalities with the highest incidence of cases, Carregal do Sal, Moura, Odemira, Portimão, Ribeira de Pena and Rio Maior stand out, with more than 240 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, according to the data released today.

This group of 19 also includes the municipalities of Alandroal, Albufeira, Beja, Borba, Cinfães, Figueira da Foz, Figueiró dos Vinhos, Lagoa, Marinha Grande, Penela, Soure, Vila do Bispo and Vimioso, which register between 120 and 240 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants.

Recall the next steps of the deconflation plan (which will be reevaluated every two weeks)

April 19th

  • face-to-face classes in secondary and higher education;
  • cinemas, theaters, auditoriums, concert halls;
  • Citizen stores with face-to-face service by appointment;
  • all stores and shopping centers;
  • restaurants, cafes and pastry shops (maximum four people or six on terraces), until 10 pm or 1 pm at weekends and holidays;
  • all medium-risk sports, outdoor physical activities for up to 6 people and gyms without group classes;
  • outdoor events with reduced capacity;
  • baptized weddings with a 25% capacity.

May 3

  • restaurants, cafes and pastries (maximum of six people or 10 on terraces) with no time limit;
  • all sports, outdoor physical activity and gyms;
  • large outdoor events and indoor events with reduced capacity;
  • weddings and baptisms with 50% capacity.

The rules of the new state of emergency have already been published: Here is the decree that guides Portugal until 4/15

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