Covid-19. Published decree regulating renewal of the state of emergency

Covid-19. Published decree regulating renewal of the state of emergency
Covid-19. Published decree regulating renewal of the state of emergency

The 14th state of emergency was decreed by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, on March 25, after the authorization of the parliament, with votes in favor of PS, PSD, CDS-PP and PAN and the abstention of BE.The decree now published comes to regulate the state of emergency decreed by the President of the Republic and allows the Government to proceed with “the strategy of progressive lifting of confinement measures”.

Despite the epidemiological assessment identifying 19 municipalities in which the incidence is greater than 120 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, the strategy for surveying containment measures will occur throughout the continental territory, increasing the monitoring of public health measures in those municipalities.“, says the text.

What changes?

As had been announced after the Ministerial Council meeting on April 1, the decree determines that 2nd and 3rd cycle students resume on-campus classes on Monday, joining 1st grade students. cycle and children in daycare centers and pre-school, who had already returned to school on March 15.

The return of 2nd and 3rd cycle students is accompanied by the reopening of Leisure Activities for these students.The decree-law also provides for the reopening of day centers and social facilities for the disabled area.

The suspension of the activities of retail trade establishments and the provision of services in establishments open to the public that have an area of ​​less than 200 square meters and that have an autonomous and independent entrance from the outside is also lifted.

Restaurants and similar establishments are also opened for service on terraces, with a limit of four people per group.

Gymnasiums and gyms can be reopened, as long as there are no group classes, and low-risk physical and sporting activity is now permitted, under the specific guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health.

In addition, museums, monuments, palaces and archaeological or similar sites, national, regional and municipal, public or private, as well as art galleries and exhibition halls, are open.

The operation of fairs and markets is allowed – in addition to the sale of food products, which was already in force – according to the rules set out in the decree.

It is also allowed to circulate between municipalities both during the week and at the weekend.

The decree maintains the general principle of the duty to collect at home, the maintenance of mandatory teleworking, as well as the rules for the use of masks and visors.

The land border with Spain will remain closed
, the exceptions hitherto foreseen, namely the international transport of goods, cross-border workers and the circulation of emergency vehicles, remaining in force.

Railway and river transport between Portugal and Spain is suspended, except for goods transport.

The decree takes effect at 00:00 hours on April 5, 2021.

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