News from afpop - Monday June 1st update
Michael Reeve - 03-06-2020
News from afpop - Monday June 1st update
News from afpop - Monday June 1st. Included in this briefing: 1. Voluntary isolation, 2. Increased gathering size, 3. Auditoriums and sports halls, ...
Included in this briefing:
1. Voluntary isolation
2. Increased gathering size
3. Auditoriums and sports halls
4. Religious and corporate events
5. Restaurant limits
6. Food courts
7. Vehicle capacity (Lisbon)
8. Public services appointments
I hope you are all well and keeping safe. As always if English or German are not your first language and you need clarification on any of the information included in this mailing, please contact the afpop office to ask for assistance.
After we sent our briefing to you all last week, the government released new guidelines on some aspects of social interaction and gatherings that came into effect today (Monday 1st June) and will be reassessed on June 14th. Whilst the bulk of last week’s briefing was correct, here are some clarifications and as I suggested in last week’s mailing, there are some differences in the rules for Lisbon and the rest of the country.
Voluntary isolation: The civic duty requirement for people to voluntarily remain indoors is now lifted, ending the individual lockdown, but of course social distancing guidelines remain in force.
Increased gathering size: The limit for gatherings is increased to 20 persons. However, for the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (AML) the limit of 10 people continues to apply.
Auditoriums and sports halls: Subject to the application of certain conditions and respect for the guidelines defined by the DGS, most auditoriums, cinemas, theatres and concert halls, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gyms and academies, casinos, tattoo parlours etc can resume operation. When using a gymnasium, masks need to be worn on entry and once the workout is over, but of course not during exercise. The changing rooms remain closed. With regard to indoor swimming pools, we have tried to obtain information about the use of changing rooms, but have not been able to do so. The facilities that we have spoken to have no information about this, so at the moment we must assume that they will remain closed as for gymnasiums.
Religious and corporate events: The DGS (Health Ministry) must determine the guidelines, namely the capacity for religious ceremonies, events of a family nature (including weddings and baptisms, as well as for other commemorative events, and corporate events. (At time of writing those guidelines have not been issued).
Restaurant limits: There is no longer a limitation that the occupancy does not exceed 50% of the establishment’s capacity, providing separation barriers are installed between customers who are face to face and the distance between the tables is at least 1.5 m.
Food courts: The areas of consumption of food and drinks (food-courts) of commercial complexes are no longer closed, except in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon.
Vehicle capacity (Lisbon): Vehicles with a capacity for more than 5 people can only drive with two thirds of the capacity, unless all occupants are part of the same household. (Please note that this is only in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon).
Public service appointments: Public offices, (Câmaras, SEF, Finanças, Conservatórias etc) must allow face-to-face service by appointment only and must continue to provide their services through digital means. Please note that those services in Lisbon will remain closed to visitors.
As the isolation period ends and we begin to come into more contact with others and go about our daily lives, please remember that social distancing remains in force and masks are required when entering establishments, shopping centres etc. We should continue to wash our hands regularly and cover our mouths when coughing or sneezing.
On behalf of the whole team here I thank you again for all the kind and supportive comments that we have received and send you our warmest regards.
Until next time as always my best wishes to you all and please,
Michael R. Reeve,
afpop - Making Life Better