Page created: 12th November 2020
Latest update 9th January 2022
Resolution of Council of Ministers 2-A/2022
Effective 00.00 hrs 10th January 2022
Highlights as follows – Read more full law here in informal English.
Testing is still mandatory for visits to nursing homes or for visiting patients hospitalized, as well as for access to large events, events without assigned seats or in improvised venues and sports grounds (unless otherwise decided by the Directorate-General of Health).
Exemption – Those who have been vaccinated with a booster dose more than 14 days ago or have a recovery certificate.
Bars and nightclubs – Reopen after 22h00 of January 14.
Entry with a negative test or Recovery certificate.
Exemption – Those who have been vaccinated with a booster dose more than 14 days ago.
Ban on drinking alcoholic on the public spaces remains in force.
Certificates – Vaccination or Recovery or Test – for access to restaurants, tourist establishments and local accommodation, cultural shows, cinemas, events with assigned seating and gyms.
-Self-tests to be valid under the terms to be defined by the DGS and by INSA, IP.
Work – Compulsory teleworking is extended until January 14.
After this date, it will be “recommended”.
Shopping establishments – Bans on sales and promotions end, but restrictions on capacity remain: only one person per five square meters.
Communique of Council Ministers with main measures here in informal English
Previous Update 23rd December 2021
The Council of Ministers announced the measures for the period 25th December 2021 to 9th January 2022.
Read in conjunction with the Resolution of the Council of Ministers 181-A/2021
Download in informal English here
Given the current regime, the following changes are highlighted:
– A set of special measures applicable between December 25, 2021 and January 9, 2022 is foreseen:
- Mandatory telework throughout the continental national territory;
- The closure of bars, other non-spectacled drinking establishments and establishments with dance venues is determined;
- Limits are set in relation to the occupation of publicly accessible spaces, providing as a rule the indicative maximum occupancy of 0.20 people per square meter of area, with the exception of establishments providing services;
- New rules are established for access to tourist establishments or local accommodation, with access now depending on the presentation of the EU COVID Digital Certificate in the form of test or recovery certificate, or on the presentation of proof of laboratory testing with negative result;
- Access to events, namely non-religious New Year’s parties or celebrations, family events, including weddings and baptisms, corporate events, cultural events or sporting events, depends on the presentation of the COVID Digital Certificate of the EU in the modalities of test or recovery certificate, or the presentation of proof of laboratory testing with a negative result, without prejudice to the definition by the DGS of the characteristics of the events in which the presentation of these certificates or tests is waived.
– A set of special measures is foreseen for the Christmas and New Year period:
- On December 24, 25, 30 and 31 and January 1, 2022, access to food and beverage establishments and gambling establishments, casinos, bingos or similar, depends on the presentation of the COVID Digital Certificate from EU in the modalities of test or recovery certificate, the presentation of other proof of laboratory testing with a negative result or the performance of a test with a negative result, under the terms to be defined by the DGS and INSA;
- The same requirement applies to guests of tourist establishments or local accommodation when accessing celebrations held in these places when proof of a test with a negative result has been presented for more than 72 or 48 hours, depending on the type of test;
- On December 24, 25, 30 and 31, 2021 and January 1, 2022, the consumption of alcoholic beverages in open-air spaces with public access and public roads is prohibited, with the exception of the open terraces of food and beverage establishments. similar duly licensed for that purpose.
2. The decree-law that amends the measures within the scope of the COVID-19 disease pandemic with regard to the suspension of academic and non-teaching activities and the establishment of special rules in terms of consumer protection was also approved. In particular, it is determined that:
– Suspension of classroom and non-teaching activities will now cover the period from December 27th to January 9th;
– The application of the exceptional family support regime foreseen for the period from 2 to 9 January 2022 will also cover the period from 27 to 31 December 2021;
– In terms of consumer protection and sales on balances, it is established that:
- The period for exercising consumer rights that ends between December 26 and January 9, or within 10 days after that period, is extended to January 31, 2022;
- Between December 25, 2021 and January 9, 2022, commercial practices with a price reduction are prohibited in establishments;
Previous update 28th November 2021
The Council of Ministers announced the following new measures will come into effect Wednesday 1st December 2021.
Read in conjunction with Resolution of Council of Ministers Situation of Contingency 157/2021 dated 27th November 2021 which has the full details.
In informal English here:
1. The Council of Ministers approved on 25th November the resolution declaring the situation of calamity throughout the continental national territory as of 00:00 am on December 1st.
The following changes are highlighted in relation to the current regime:
It is determined, between 2 and 9 January 2022, the mandatory adoption of the telework regime in the continental national territory, regardless of the employment relationship, whenever the functions in question allow it;
Teleworking is recommended whenever the functions in question allow it;
The presentation of the EU COVID Digital Certificate for access to:
- tourist and local accommodation establishments;
- restaurant and similar establishments (not applicable in relation to stay in open terraces);
- events with marked places;
The mandatory submission of a negative test (even for vaccinated) is determined when accessing:
- Visits to residential structures (for the elderly, integrated long-term care units of the National Integrated Long-term Care Network and other residential structures and responses dedicated to children, youth and people with disabilities);
- Visits to users admitted to health care establishments;
- Large-scale events without marked seats or improvised venues and sports venues;
- Bars and clubs.
Closing of clubs and bars between the 2nd and 9th of January.
A number of special measures are introduced in the field of testing for travel purposes, including:
- Requirement, for all flights to mainland Portugal, to present the EU COVID Digital Certificate in the form of a test certificate or proof of negative test (nucleic acid amplification test or rapid antigen test), carried out at 72 or 48 hours prior to departure time;
- the application, with the necessary adaptations, to land, sea and river borders of the rules applicable to entry into national territory by air is determined.
2. The decree-law amending the measures in the scope of the COVID-19 disease pandemic was also approved, namely:
Extends the exceptional and transitory regime for the reorganization of work and minimization of the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 disease infection within the scope of labour relations until March 31, 2022;
Extends the extraordinary income support of workers until the last day of February 2022;
Suspends classroom, non-teaching and training activities in educational establishments and social facilities between January 2nd and 9th, 2022, which will be compensated with 5 days of classes during Carnival and Easter breaks. At the same time, childcare schools are again guaranteed for children or other dependents in charge of workers mobilized for the service or on standby, and the previous system of justification for absences, associated with support for children or other dependents in a minor position, is replicated. 12 years resulting from suspension of classroom activities and non-teaching activities outside periods of school interruption, safeguarding food support for students who need it;
Interruption, between January 2 and 9, of classroom activities at higher education institutions, without prejudice to ongoing assessments.
The use of a mask is now mandatory in:
- Spaces, equipment and commercial and service establishments, regardless of the respective area;
- Public buildings or buildings for public use where services are provided or acts involving the public are carried out;
- Stadiums (clarifying that it is included in the concept of venues for sporting events and celebrations);
- Buildings in which the entrance gates or the boarding, access or exit piers are located in the context of the use of public transport for passengers and air transport.
Measures in force until 23.59 hrs 30th November 2021
Resolution of Council of Ministers Situation of Alert 142-A/2021 29th October 2021
In Portuguese here
Current Situation of Contingency replaced by Situation of Alert to 23.59 hrs 31st October 2021
1 – The use of masks or visors is mandatory to access or stay inside the following places:
a) Commercial spaces and establishments, including shopping centers, with an area >400 m2;
b) Lojas do Cidadão;
c) Schools and nursery establishments, except in outdoor recreational spaces;
d) Concert halls, cinema, congress halls, venues for events of a corporate nature, temporary venues for events, namely cultural, or similar;
e) Sporting and events venues;
f) Health facilities and services;
g) Residential structures or home support services for vulnerable populations, elderly people or people with disabilities, as well as integrated continuous care units of the National Integrated Continuous Care Network and other residential structures and responses dedicated to children and young people;
h) Locations where this is determined in the norms of the General Directorate of Health.