News from afpop - Tuesday November 3rd update
Michael Reeve - 04-11-2020
News from afpop - Tuesday November 3rd update
Included in this briefing: 1. New Lockdown rules, 2. Map of affected areas, 3. Rest of mainland Portugal, 4. Madeira, 5. Possible future State of Emergency, 6. Interactive Covid-19 map Included in this briefing:
- New ‘lockdown’ rules
- Map of affected areas
- Rest of mainland Portugal
- Possible future State of Emergency
- Interactive Covid-19 map
As you know the situation in Portugal, and in many other countries, is once again starting to move quite quickly as governments struggle to get a grip on increasing positive tests. As a result we’re already seeing many news reports speculating about what is to come and citing government sources etc. As always we will do our best keep on top of what is actually announced, rather than what might be “expected”.
New lockdown rules: From midnight tonight (Tuesday 3rd November) until midnight (23h59) on Sunday the 15th November, certain freguesias and municipalities will have increased measures imposed, in an effort to control the circulation of citizens and the passing on of the coronavirus. There is a long list of these, which we will not include here, but you will be able to see the complete alphabetical list HERE and we have produced a copy of the map of affected areas below.
In those areas it is the citizens’: “civic duty to remain at home. Citizens should refrain from circulating in public spaces and roads, as well as in private spaces and roads equivalent to public roads, except for previously authorised trips, to which is added trips to activities carried out in day centres, trips to visit users in residential structures for the elderly and people with disabilities, and other trips dedicated to elderly people, as well as trips to stations and post offices, bank agencies and insurance brokers or insurance agencies and the necessary travel to leave mainland Portugal”. Whilst the wording may be slightly confusing, calling it a civic duty rather than expressly forbidding movement outside the house, it seems clear that the authorities will be issuing fines for people who do not have a pre-arranged commitment to attend a reservation, or a justifiable reason to be out of their homes.
It goes on: “There is a prohibition on holding celebrations and other events involving more than 5 people unless they belong to the same household and a ban on all fairs and markets. However religious ceremonies are permitted following the rules of the health authorities”.
“It is mandatory to adopt a teleworking regime whenever possible, unless the employee is somehow prevented from doing this”.
There are also rules for organisations with more than 50 workers, which was already in place in the Lisbon and Porto areas and which are now extended across all of the identified areas.
There are some other aspects of the announcements, but they refer to government bodies, medical and military personnel and will not affect Members.
Map of affected areas:
As you can see from the map, only São Brás de Alportel in the Algarve is affected by the new rules. You will find a complete list of all affected areas in the aforementioned link.
Rest of mainland Portugal: In the remaining mainland Portugal, the State of Calamity State that was previously in place continues to apply.
Madeira: There are no new specific rules affecting Madeira, but the obligatory use of masks in public remains in force on the island.
Possible future State of Emergency: Having said that I won’t comment on rumour, I do want to mention the prospect of a future State of Emergency that has been suggested in the Portuguese media, only because I want to try to avoid Members being confused between what is actually being announced now and what MAY be announced in future.
It’s being reported that the Prime Minister has discussed this with the President, in order to lay the groundwork for a future Estado de Emergência. If that does go ahead, it does not mean that it will follow exactly the same lines as the previous one earlier in the year. The State of Emergency is simply a mechanism for the government to initiate certain laws that cannot be put into force without that status. Of course as soon as we have definite information on that we will inform you, but please do not be confused if you see reports of this in the press. What is in force from tomorrow is NOT a State of Emergency.
Interactive Covid map: You may find the information in this website interesting https://qap.ecdc.europa.eu/public/extensions/COVID-19/COVID-19.html
Until next time as always my best wishes to you all and please continue to,
Michael R Reeve
afpop - Making Life Better