Measures All Risk Municipalities

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Latest Update 23rd August 2021

Electronic Communiqué of the Council of Ministers of August 20, 2021
 
Read in conjunction with Council of Ministers Resolution 114-A/2021 – In informal English here
 
The Council of Ministers electronically approved the resolution declaring the contingency situation throughout the continental national territory, until 23:59 on September 30, 2021.
 
Having reached the level of 70% of the vaccinated population and given the gradual strategy of lifting measures to combat the COVID-19 disease pandemic, the diploma adopts the following measures:
 
  • the number of people per group inside restaurants and similar establishments goes from 6 to 8 people, and on the terraces from 10 to 15 people;
  • events, whether of a family nature, including weddings and christenings, or cultural events in permanent show venues, now have an occupancy limit of 75%;
  • as of September 1, Lojas de Cidadão will provide face-to-face service without the need to make prior appointments;
  • public transport is no longer limited in its capacity and is now allowed to use the front seats in taxi transport and in the individual and remunerated transport of passengers in uncharacterized vehicles based on an electronic platform;
  • occupation, permanence and physical distance related to the allocation of spaces accessible to the public now have a maximum indicative of 1 person per 12.5 m2.
 
The resolution takes effect on August 23, 2021. 
 
The next and final phase will come into effect when 85% of the population is fully vaccinated.
 
 
PREVIOUS UPDATE 30TH JULY 2021
 
For details please refer to Resolution of Council of Ministers 101-A/2021 in Informal English here 
 
Main measures
 
Council of Ministers Communique 
 
1. The Council of Ministers approved a resolution extending the situation of calamity throughout the continental national territory until 23:59 h on August 31, 2021 and amending the applicable measures.
 
The diploma, which enters into force on August 1, 2021, establishes a new deconfinement regime that becomes the same throughout the continental territory. The diploma defines the new phases within the scope of the gradual strategy of surveying measures to combat the COVID-19 disease pandemic, which considers several factors, including the percentage of the population with complete vaccination.
 
Thus, 3 phases are planned:
 
Phase 1 – more than 50% of the population with complete vaccination (August 1):
 
  • the restrictions on circulation on the public road after 11 pm are eliminated;
  • the current rules on sanitary and public health measures are maintained (in particular those relating to compulsory confinement, the use of masks or visors, the control of body temperature and the carrying out of tests), as well as the applicable traffic measures. air, airports and land, sea and river borders;
  • cultural shows in venues of a fixed nature now have a capacity of 66% of their respective capacity;
  • most of the installations, establishments and equipment that were closed are reopened, with the exception of discotheques, dance or party halls or other similar places or installations, and of popular parades and festivities or folklore or other manifestations of any nature;
  • bars and other non-spectacled beverage establishments, subject to the rules established for the catering sector and similar, as long as they comply with the rules and guidelines in force and those specifically elaborated by the General Directorate of Health;
  • teleworking is now recommended throughout the national territory, whenever the functions in question allow it;
  • restaurant and similar establishments or cultural and sporting facilities start to operate according to the time of the respective licensing, with the limit of 02:00, with public access being excluded for new admissions from 01:00 onwards;
  • with regard to the number of people per table in restaurants, the rule of a maximum of 6 people per table inside or 10 people on the terraces will apply throughout the mainland national territory;
  • The rules in force in high and very high risk municipalities regarding the testing or presentation of a Digital Covid certificate for the purpose of serving meals inside restaurant establishments, on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, become applicable throughout the national territory, as well as on Fridays from 19:00;
  • for access to gambling establishments, casinos, bingos or similar and to spas, spas or similar establishments, the rules laid down for access to tourist establishments or local accommodation apply (presentation by clients of COVID Digital Certificate or a test with a negative result);
  • with regard to physical activity, the practice of physical activity outdoors and in gyms and gyms is now allowed throughout the mainland national territory, and for group classes it is necessary to present a COVID Digital Certificate or a test with a negative result.
 
Phase 2: More than 70% of the population with complete vaccination
 
  • Restaurants, cafes and patisseries now have a maximum limit of eight people per group inside and 15 people per group on terraces;
  • Citizen stores without prior appointment;
  • Cultural shows in fixed nature venues with 75% capacity;
  • Public transport without capacity; 
  • Family events (namely weddings and baptisms) now have a maximum limit of 75% of the capacity.
 
Phase 3: More than 85% of the population with complete vaccination
 
  • Restaurants, cafes and patisseries with no maximum number of people per group, either indoors or on terraces;
  • Establishments and equipment without capacity limits;
  • Cultural shows with unlimited capacity
  • Family events (namely weddings and baptisms) no longer have capacity limits;
  • Bars and clubs reopen their usual activity upon presentation of an EU COVID Digital Certificate or a negative test result.
 
 
PREVIOUS UPDATE 22ND JULY 2021
 
Council of Ministers Communique In English here
 
Resolution of Council of Ministers 96/A2021 datd 15th July in Portuguese here
 
 
Situation of a Situation of Calamity extended to 23.59 hrs 8th August 2021 
 
Throughout the national territory – access to tourist establishments or local accommodation establishments depends on clients presenting, at check-in, a COVID Digital Certificate from the European Union or a negative test.
 
The majority of the country EXCEPT for those in the following two groups, High and Very High risk) are covered by the deconfinement measures that came into force on 10th June 2021,  as follows:
 
  • Recommended telework in activities that allow it;
  • Restaurants, cafes and patisseries (maximum of 6 people inside or 10 people on terraces) until midnight for admission and 1:00 am for closing;
  • Commerce with the respective licensing schedule;
  • Public transport with a capacity of two-thirds or with a full capacity in transports that operate exclusively with seats;
  • Cultural shows until midnight;
  • Showrooms with 50% capacity;
  • Outside the concert halls, with marked places and with rules to be defined by the DGS.
  • Training levels and amateur modalities with marked places and access rules defined by the DGS;
  • Sports venues with 33% of the capacity;
  • Outside venues apply rules to be defined by the DGS.
 
For the following HIGH AND VERY HIGH RISK GROUPS of municipalities a new measure exists:
 
Restaurants and hotel establishments – on Fridays from 7 pm, at weekends and on public holidays, the operation of the food service inside the restaurants is only allowed to customers holding a COVID European Union Digital Certificate or a negative test;
 
Details of types of testing, see  below

Limitations on circulation in high-risk and very high municipalities

In high-risk and very high risk municipalities, daily, between 11:00 pm and 5:00 am, citizens must refrain from circulating in public spaces and streets, as well as in private spaces and streets equivalent to public streets, and stay in their respective domicile, without prejudice to the exceptions provided for in article 11 of Decree No. 9/2020 , of 21 November, which are applicable with the necessary adaptations.

 
HIGH RISK MUNICIPALITIES

Municipalities with 2nd consecutive evaluation >120 cases/100,000 (or 240) inhabitants in the last 14 days

They are  for the second consecutive evaluation, an incidence rate above 120 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days (or greater than 240 if they are low density councils).;  Águeda, Alcobaça, Alcoutim, Amarante, Anadia, Arruda dos Vinhos, Avis, Barcelos, Bombarral, Braga, Cadaval, Caldas da Rainha, Cantanhede, Cartaxo, Castelo de Paiva, Castro Marim , Chaves, Coimbra, Constance, Elvas, Estarreja, Fafe, Felgueiras, Figueira da Foz, Guarda, Guimarães, Leiria, Marco de Canaveses, Marinha Grande, Mogadouro, Montemor-o-Novo, Montemor-o-Velho, Murtosa, Óbidos, Ourém, Ovar, Paços de Ferreira, Paredes de Coura, Penafiel, Porto de Mós, Rio Maior, Salvaterra de Magos, Santa Maria da Feira, Santarém, Santiago do Cacém, São João da Madeira, Serpa, Torres Vedras, Trofa, Valpaços, Viana do Castelo, Vila do Conde, Vila Real, Vila Viçosa and Vizela.For these municipalities, the rules that will be in force will be more restrictive:

Mandatory telework when activities allow;

  • Restaurants, cafes and patisseries can be open until 22:30 (inside, with a maximum of 6 people per group; on the terrace, 10 people per group);
  • Cultural shows until 22:30;
  • Weddings and baptisms with 50% of the capacity;
  • Food and non-food retail trade until 9 pm;
  • Permission to practice all sports, without public;
  • Permission to practice physical activity outdoors and in gyms;
  • Events outdoors with reduced capacity, to be defined by the General Directorate of Health (DGS);
  • Citizen Shops with face-to-face service by appointment.

VERY HIGH RISK

Municipalities with 2nd consecutive evaluation, incidence rate >240 cases/100,000 (or 480)inhabitants in last 14 days 

The very high risk measures apply to the municipalities of Albergaria-a-Velha, Albufeira, Alcochete, Alenquer, Aljustrel, Almada, Amadora, Arraiolos, Aveiro, Azambuja, Barreiro, Batalha, Benavente, Cascais, Espinho, Faro, Gondomar , Ílhavo, Lagoa, Lagos, Lisbon, Loulé, Loures, Lourinhã, Lousada, Mafra, Maia, Matosinhos, Mira, Moita, Montijo, Nazaré, Odivelas, Oeiras, Olhão, Oliveira do Bairro, Palmela, Paredes, Pedrógão Grande, Peniche, Portimão, Porto, Póvoa de Varzim, Santo Tirso, São Brás de Alportel, Seixal, Sesimbra, Setúbal, Silves, Sines, Sintra, Sobral de Monte Agraço, Tavira, Vagos, Valongo, Vila do Bispo, Vila Franca de Xira, Vila Nova from Famalicão, Vila Nova de Gaia, Vila Real de Santo António and Viseu

 for the second consecutive evaluation with an incidence rate above 240 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days (or above 480 if they are low-density municipalities), specific rules apply for tighter control of the pandemic. So, in these municipalities:

  • Mandatory telework when activities allow;
  • Restaurants, cafes and patisseries can be open until 22:30 all days of the week (indoor, with a maximum of 4 people per group; on the terrace, 6 people per group);
  • Cultural shows until 22:30;
  • Weddings and baptisms with 25% of the capacity;
  • Retail food trade until 9 pm during the week and until 7 pm on weekends and holidays;
  • Non-food retail trade until 9:00 pm during the week and until 3:30 pm on weekends and holidays;
  • Permission to practice medium risk sports, without public;
  • Permission to practice outdoor physical activity for up to six people and gyms without group classes;
  • Events outdoors with reduced capacity, to be defined by the DGS;
  • Citizen Shops with face-to-face service by appointment.
 
 
TESTING
 
In terms of testing for the aforementioned purposes, the following is allowed:
 
– The laboratory performance of the nucleic acid amplification test (TAAN), performed within 72 hours prior to its presentation; 
 
– The realization of rapid antigen test (TRAg), verified by a certified entity, carried out within 48 hours prior to its presentation; 
 
– Carrying out a rapid antigen test (TRAg), in the form of a self-test, within 24 hours prior to its presentation, in the presence of any health professional or pharmaceutical area who certifies that it has been carried out and the respective result;
 
– Carrying out the rapid antigen test (TRAg), in the form of self-test, at the moment, at the door of the establishment or the space whose frequency is desired, with the supervision of those responsible for them.
 
Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the obligation to undergo screening tests for access to places or establishments, to participate in events and for circulation purposes.
 
 
 
 
PREVIOUS UPDATE 24 the June 2021
 
Council of Ministers Resolution  77-A/2021 dated 24th June 2021 refersDownload
 
The Council of Ministers today approved the resolution extending the disaster situation throughout the continental national territory until 23:59hrs on July 11, 2021, and amending the measures applicable to certain municipalities in the context of the disaster situation.
 
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PREVIOUS UPDATE 10th June 2021

The following measures outlined in Resolution of Council Ministers 74-A/2021 came into effect on 10th June 2021

Applicable to municipalities that are advancing in de-confinement (level of incidence less than 120 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the 14-day cumulative assessment, or less than 240/100,000 in the case of low-density territories):

  • Food and non-food retail trade activities operate according to the respective licensing schedule;
  • Restaurants, opening hours are until 00:00 for admission and closing at 01:00 (6 people inside or 10 people in open terraces);
  • Cultural facilities close at 01:00h, access being excluded for entry purposes from 00:00h;
  • Other establishments and facilities open to the public not mentioned in the previous points close at 01:00h;
  • Deconcentrated public services will provide face-to-face service without the need to make prior appointments;
  • Lojas do Cidadão maintain face-to-face service by appointment, as well as the provision of these services through digital means and contact centers with citizens and companies;
  • Events of a family nature, including weddings and baptisms, with capacity limited to 50% of the space in which they are held;
  • Practice of all amateur training and competitive activities, including academies levels, the presence of the public being admitted provided that they have marked places, maintain distance, have access rules and a limit of 33% of the total capacity of the sports venue;
  • Practice of all amateur training and competitive activities, including academies levels, outside sports venues, with the presence of the public being admitted with capacity limits and rules to be defined by the DGS;
  • Public transport must ensure, when there are sitting and standing places, a maximum capacity of 2/3 of its capacity for land, river and sea transport, with no capacity restrictions when transport is provided exclusively through seated places ;
  • In taxi and TVED the front seats cannot be used by passengers, only the full capacity of the rear seats.
  • Teleworking is no longer mandatory and is recommended when activities allow it in all municipalities on the mainland, which are included in phase 1.
 
PREVIOUS UPDATE 4th June 2021
 
Strategy of lifting containment measures in the context of controlling Covid-19  Council of Minister Resolution 70-B/2021 dated 4th June 2021
 
 
PREVIOUS UPDATE 2nd June 2021
 
Based on the incidence rate per municipality the Council of Ministers decided on 2nd June that the municipalities of Golegã and Odemira would remain at Level 2 19th April and that Arganil and Montalegre would move forward to Level 1 May 1st with immediate effect.
 
The measures can be seen in the tables on this page and in Decree  70-A/2021 – 4th June 2021
 
Additional

In the municipalities that maintain the 1st of May measures, the operation is now permitted, provided that in accordance with the guidelines of the DGS:

  • Temporary amusement equipment (that used in fairs for example);
  • Children’s amusement parks of a private nature;
  • Water parks.

And, sports and cultural facilities where services are provided will close at 10:30 pm.

Thusas of May 1  (brought forward from 3rd May 2021), in addition to the measures of April 19, the following rules apply:

  • Opening hours:
  • Restaurants and shows until 10:30 pm ;
  • General trade : until 9 pm on weekdays and until 7 pm on weekends and holidays .
  • The restaurants, cafes and pastry shops can operate with the limitation limited to a maximum of six people per table inside and ten people per table on the terraces ;
  • The practice of all sports is now allowed, as well as and for all outdoor physical activity ;
  • The gyms can work with group classes , observing the rules of safety and hygiene;
  • The capacity for weddings and baptisms is now limited to 50% of the space .

There will also be a weekly evaluation, to see if the municipalities whose epidemiological situation improves can progress in the lack of definition.

Remaining municipalities

Level 4 – The rules that were in force in the first phase of the de-definition – on March 15 apply:

    •  Closing of:
      • Terraces;
      • Stores up to 200 m2 with door to the street;
      • Gymnasiums;
      • Museums, monuments, palaces, art galleries and the like.
    • Prohibition of:
      • Fairs and non-food markets;
      • Low-risk sports modalities;
    • Allowed the operation of:
      • Trade to the wicket (entrance);
      • Automobile trade and real estate mediation;
      • Hairdressing salons, manicurists and the like, after prior appointment;
      • Retail establishments for books and musical supports;
      • Parks, gardens, green spaces and leisure spaces;
      • Libraries and archives;

In level 4 municipalities, daily circulation outside the municipality of the domicile is prohibited, without prejudice to the exceptions provided for in article 11 of Decree No. 9/2020 , of 21 November,

Order No. 4391-B / 2021 Early recognition of the need to a Situation of Calamity in Odemira  Download here

Level 3 –  April 5th Rules:

  • It is allowed to:
  • Operation of stores up to 200 m2 with door to the street;
  • Fairs and non-food markets (by municipal decision)
  • Terrace operation (with a maximum limitation of 4 people per table) until 10:30 pm on weekdays and until 1:00 pm on weekends;
  • Outdoor physical activity for up to 4 people and gyms without group classes;
  • Operation of gyms without group classes;
  • Functioning of social facilities in the area of disability.


Level 2
 April 19 rules:

  • All stores and shopping centers;
  • Restaurants, cafes and pastries (with a maximum of 4 people per table inside or 6 per table on terraces), until 10:30 pm on weekdays or 1:00 pm on weekends and holidays;
  • Cinemas, theaters, auditoriums, concert halls;
  • Citizen stores with face-to-face service by appointment.

The opening of:

  • Medium-risk sports modalities;
  • Outdoor physical activity for up to 6 people;
  • Outdoor events with reduced capacity (5 people per 100 m²);
  • Weddings and baptisms with 25% capacity.

There will also be a weekly evaluation, to see if the municipalities whose epidemiological situation improves can progress in the lack of definition.

Archive (only)

 Decree 7/2021 up to 30th April 2021.

It is recommended in particular to study the following 

Article 1 – Summary

Article 4 – Exceptions to the duty of Stay at Home rule;

Article 6 – Maintain the rule for masks and visors.

Article 17 – Schedules for retail, supermarkets, restaurants and similar

Article 20 – Fairs and Markets

Article 23 – Rules for restaurants and similar

Article 24 – Bars and clubs

Article 25 – Sale and consumption of alcohol drinks

Article 28 – Car seat rule for above 5 seats cars

Article 29 – Funerals

Article 30 – Public services face-to-face service by appointment

Article 34 – General rules for air traffic and airports

Article 36 – Air traffic rules on mandatory containment

Article 38 – Events

Article 39 – Cultural Events

Article 42 – Physical and sports activities (low and medium risk sports)

Article 44 – Extension of Decree No. 6/2021, of April 3 for the municipalities of Alandroal, Albufeira, Carregal do Sal, Figueira da Foz, Marinha Grande and Penela.

Article 45 – Reinstatement of Decree no 4/2021 in the text given by Decree no 5/2021 of 28th March for the municipalities of Moura, Odemira, Portimão and Rio Maior.

Annex – What remains closed/Forbidden

Third Phase of de-confinement effective 19th April (see below Green chart)

Second Phase of de-confinement 5th April (see below Blue chart)

  • 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.

First phase of deconfinement effective from 15th March (Orange chart) 

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:

On this level, are the municipalities of Odemira (parishes of São Teotónio and Longueira / Almograve) and Portimão. Thus, as of May 1, in these municipalities the measures of the first stage of deflation, which began on March 15, are applied:

  • Sanitary fence in the parishes of São Teotónio and Longueira / Almograve, in the municipality of Odemira.
  • Closing of:

    • Stores up to 200 m2 with door to the street;
    • Gymnasiums;
    • Museums, monuments, palaces, art galleries and the like.
  • Prohibition of:
    • Fairs and non-food markets;
    • Low-risk sports modalities;
  • The operation of:
    • Trade to the wicket;
    • Automobile trade and real estate mediation;
    • Hairdressing salons, manicurists and the like, after prior appointment;
    • Retail establishments for books and musical supports;
    • Parks, gardens, green spaces and leisure spaces;
    • Libraries and archives;
  • 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 archive
 
 
 

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 – download70-A/2021 of 4th June 2021
  •  68th August