Measures All risk municipalities

Page created: 12th November 2020

Last update: 6th April March 2021 

Restrictions  of travelling between municipalities discontinued at 2359 hrs 5th April and are no longer in force.

Decree 6/2021 Regulating the state of Emergency from 00.00 hrs 5th April (midnight 4th/5th) to 23.59 hrs 15th April was published on 4th April and can be downloaded in English here.  

It is recommended in particular to study the following:

Article 1 – Summary

Article 4 – Exceptions to the duty of Stay at Home rule; where under n3 remains the rule that it’s forbidden to drive to do dog walking and to do leisure walks (paragraph h))

Article 6 – Maintain the rule for masks and visors.

Article 18 – Schedules for retail, supermarkets, restaurants and similar

Article 22 – Fairs and markets

Article 25 – Rules for restaurants and similar

Article 26 – Bars and clubs

Article 27 – Sale and consumption of alcohol drinks

Article 30 – Car seat rule for above 5seats cars

Article 35 – Public services by appointment

Article 36 – Schools

Article 41 – Sports (low risk)

Annex I – What remains closed/forbidden

Annex II – What reopens/is allowed

Decree 6/2021 13th March  2021

The Decree 6/2021 was published on 4th April. This regulates the renewal of the state of emergency effected by the Decree of the President of the Republic from 00.00 hrs 5th April (midnight 4th/5th April) until on 2359 hrs  15th April 2021. This includes the 2nd phase of the deconfinement plan as follows

The Council of Ministers met on 1st April to finalise the second phase of the deconfinement plan from 5th April. This will go ahead as planned with the following reopening:

  • 2nd and 3rd cycles of basic education in public, private and cooperative education establishments and in the social and solidarity sector;
  • ATL’s 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 services establishments in establishments open to the public, with less than 200 m2 and door to the street;
  • The activities of non-food retail trade and the provision of services in establishments in operation under the terms of the present decree close at 21:00 on working days and at 13:00 on Saturdays , Sundays and holidays.
  • Food retail activities close at 21:00 on weekdays and at 19:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
  • 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;
  • Restaurants, cafés and snack bars for food service on terraces, with a limit of four people per table. These establishments must close at 22:30 on weekdays and at 13:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays;
  • Non-food related fairs and markets are allowed to operate, in addition to fairs and markets for food products, with the authorization of the mayor of the municipality with territorial authority, in accordance with the rules established;
  • low-risk physical and sports activities, as well as physical and sports activities in 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; athletics tracks and golf courses.

 

Already effective from 15th March 

In view of the evolution of the pandemic in Portugal, and in order to initiate the deconfinement plan approved by the Council of Ministers, the following changes were introduced from  15th March:

  • resumes, as of March 15, face-to-face activities of family support and curriculum enrichment, as well as activities provided in ATL’s and after school study centres and the like, only for children and students who resume educational and teaching activities;
  • as of March 15, the possibility of restarting the activity of establishments of non-essential goods that intend to maintain their activity exclusively for the purpose of home delivery or provision of goods at the door of the establishment, at the wicket or through the collection service of products previously purchased through the media. distance ( click and collect);
  • as of March 15, it is determined that non-food retail and services establishments in operation close at 21:00 on weekdays and at 13:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays and food retail activities close at 21:00 on weekdays and at 19:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays;
  • the pharmacy hours are applicable to Parafarmacias (establishments selling OTC products)
  • as of March 15, take-away drinks are allowed in restaurants and similar establishments
  • it is clarified that the ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages in retail establishments, including supermarkets and hypermarkets and take-away (from 20:00) is applicable until 06:00;
  • as of March 15, hairdressing salons, barbers, beauty salons and similar establishments are allowed to operate by appointment
  • as of March 15, the opening of establishments for the sale of books and music retailers is allowed; parks, gardens, green spaces and leisure spaces, as well as libraries and archives

 

Deconfinement plan – (Please read also our PowerPoint in English

2. A resolution was approved that establishes a gradual strategy for lifting the confinement measures in the context of combating the Covid-19 disease pandemic with four phases, with a period of 15 days between each one in order to assess the impacts of the measures on evolution of the pandemic, as well as levels of incidence and growth.

It is determined that the timetable foreseen for the different phases of de-confinement can be altered in view of certain epidemiological criteria for the definition of the control of the pandemic and also considering the existence of capacity of response by the National Health Service.

Strategy for lifting the confinement measures:

 

General rules

– teleworking whenever possible

– opening hours of establishments: 9:00 pm during the week; 1pm on weekends and holidays or 7pm for food retail

 

From 15 March

– measures defined in the decree regulating the state of emergency decreed by the President of the Republic (As above)

 

From 5 April

– 2nd and 3rd cycle of basic education (and ATLs for the same ages)

– social facilities in the area of ​​disability

– museums, monuments, palaces, art galleries and the like

– stores up to 200 m2 with door to the street

– fairs and non-food markets (municipal decision)

– terraces only (max 4 people per table)

– outdoor physical activity for up to 4 people and gyms without group classes

 

 

 

 

From 19 April

– High School and Universities

– cinemas, theatres, auditoriums, concert halls

– Lojas de Cidadao (citizen stores) with face-to-face service by appointment

– all stores and shopping centres

– restaurants, cafes and pastry shops (max 4 people inside or 6 on terraces) until 10 pm or 1 pm at weekends and holidays

– outdoor physical activity for up to 6 people and gyms without group classes

– outdoor events with reduced capacity

– weddings and baptisms with a 25% capacity of the venue

 

 

From 3 May

– restaurants, cafes and pastry shops (max 6 people inside or 10 on terraces) with no time limit

 

– physical activity and training of individual and collective sports

– large outdoor and indoor events with reduced capacity

– weddings and baptisms with 50% capacity of the venue.

 

General hygiene measures

  • Physical distance of 2 metres, except otherwise specified
  • Frequent hand washing
  • The use of a mask by persons aged 10 and over is mandatory for access, circulation or permanence in public spaces and roads whenever the physical distance recommended by health authorities proves impractical. (exceptions)
  • Respiratory measures when sneezing
  • COVID Stayaway App – download

 

 

 

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Previous legislation

Effective: 00.00 hrs 2nd March (midnight 1st/2nd) to 23.59 hrs  16th March  2021

Law 3/F 2021 extends the current law with identical measures until 23.59 hrs  16th March 2021 (download here)

Sources of information

The sources of this information is from the Decree laws 3A and 3D/2021 and 3F/2021, all valid until 16th March, Resolutions of the Council of ministers as well as from the Government website.

Prohibit movement between municipalities at weekends 20.00 hrs Friday to 0500 hrs Monday. Art 4a  Exceptions here

Measures for the entire continental national territory, effective as of 00:01 on 15 January 2021

  • General duty of home collection , except for a set of authorized trips, namely: acquisition of essential goods and services,
    • performance of professional activities when there is no teleworking,
    • participation in the scope of the electoral campaign or the election of the President of the Republic,
    • the frequency of school establishments, the fulfilment of parental responsibility sharing,
    • others;
  • Mandatory confinement for people with COVID-19 or under active surveillance ;
  • Mandatory adoption of the teleworking regime , whenever the functions in question allow, without the need for agreement by the parties , teleworking for essential service workers is not mandatory;
  • Closure of a wide range of facilities and establishments , including cultural and leisure activities, sports activities and spas;
  • Retail and service provision activities were suspended in establishments open to the public , with the exception of authorized establishments;
  • Catering establishments and the like operate exclusively for home delivery or take-away;
  • Public services provide face-to-face service by appointment , with the provision of services through digital media and contact centres being maintained and strengthened;
  • Operation of fairs and markets, only for the sale of food products ;
  • Celebrations and other events are prohibited, with the exception of religious ceremonies and events within the scope of the electoral campaign and the election of the President of the Republic.

 

Decree Law 3B/2021 of 19th January 2021 Adding new measures

The Government has now published Decree 3B/2021 amending 3A/2021 with the following additions, published by Council of Ministers last night.  In effect from midnight tonight

  • Prohibit movement between municipalities at weekends 20.00 hrs Friday to 0500 hrs Monday. Art 4a Exceptions here;
  • Require the issuance and presentation of a declaration by the employer for those traveling on public roads for work reasons;
  • Service companies with more than 250 workers must communicate to ACT within the next 48 hours the nominal list of all workers whose on-site work they consider indispensable; At 5
  • Limit store opening hours until 8:00 pm on weekdays and until 1:00 pm on weekends. Food retail establishments can only operate until 5 pm on weekends; Art 15
  • Prohibit sales of goods at the door. In the case of cafes and restaurants, the sale at the door is only allowed for packaged and drink-free products; Art 21
  • Prohibit the operation of restaurants in shopping centres, even on a take-away basis .
  • Prohibit gatherings and consumption of food in the vicinity of restaurants and cafes;
  • Shut down all sports facilities, including tennis and paddle courts outdoors;
  • Close day centres, senior universities and social spaces;
  • Prohibit people from staying in gardens and public leisure spaces; Art 35a
  • Prohibit promotional campaigns that promote the movement of people;
  • Operation of ATL centres for children up to 12 years old.
  • Public services – By prior appointment only. (Law 3C/ 2021)
  • Citizen’s shops (“Loja do Cidadão”) are closed (Law 3C/ 2021.

 

Decree Law 3D/2021 of 29th January 2021 Adding new measures to Article  3A: Decree 3D/2021 Download here

  • The suspension of the educational and teaching activities of all educational establishments is effective until February 5, 2021. These activities will resume from February 8, in a non-classroom regime;
  • The suspension of these activities and the non-face-to-face regime do not prevent the taking of tests or exams of international curricula;
  • Whenever necessary, therapeutic support provided in special education establishments, schools and also by resource centers for inclusion can be assured who additional measures have been mobilized;
  • Limitation on travel by Portuguese citizens outside the mainland, carried out by any means, without prejudice to the exceptions provided for in the Decree;
  • Restoring control of people at land borders, under the terms provided for in the Decree;
  • Possibility of suspension of flights and determination of mandatory confinement of passengers upon arrival;

 

General Measures 

  • Physical distance of 2 metres, except otherwise specified
  • Frequent hand washing
  • The use of a mask by persons aged 10 and over is mandatory for access, circulation or permanence in public spaces and roads whenever the physical distance recommended by health authorities proves impractical. (exceptions)
  • Respiratory measures when sneezing
  • COVID Stayaway App – download