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State of Emergency April 17th update

- 27-04-2020

State of Emergency April 17th update

News from afpop - April 17th update--As nossas desculpas por este artigo não ter tradução --

Included in this briefing:

  1. State of Emergency update
  2. Masks
  3. IRS/IUC/IMI reminder
  4. Land clearance deadline extension
  5. Recyclable waste
  6. Road signs
I hope you are all well and keeping safe. As always I apologise that these briefings are only available in English and German, but translating to all languages would simply not be feasible and I hope that those Members whose first language is not English or German will understand the information in the briefings, but if not of course you can contact the afpop office to ask for clarification.

The government has now announced that the current State of Emergency is to continue until 2nd May. You may have read elsewhere that the government are imposing new measures, such as compulsory confinement for certain people etc, but these are only the measures that are to be discussed and considered under certain circumstaces and are NOT automatically in force now. The government is now discussing what changes, if any, are to be made to current restrictions. It is highly likely, given what the president and the prime minister have said, that social distancing guidelines and limitations on numbers of people gathering in one place, supermarkets etc, will remain, but at the time of sending this briefing to you, no details have been released by the government. If any new guidelines are released this evening we will send a further mailing tomorrow outlining any that may affect Members over the weekend, otherwise we will wait until Monday to send a further update.

However you may have heard that the Portuguese health authorities announced at a press conference earlier this week that they have now added the use of masks in the community to those measures already in place: hand washing, respiratory etiquette, social distance and physical barriers. We have checked with ARS, the regional health authority today (Friday), who confirm that it is now recommended, but at the moment not obligatory, to use (non-surgical) masks when you are in enclosed, indoor spaces with a high number of people, such as supermarkets, shops, chemists, public transport, etc. There are differing reports in the media and on some social media sites about this, and of course it MIGHT change in the future and become a requirement, but masks are not obligatory at the moment. Once again if this changes we will of course inform you as soon as we are able to do so.      

The masks can be purchased at many chemists and hardware stores, although stocks do run out quickly in many places. A homemade mask might be a temporary option and you can now find many good ideas online for easy, homemade masks – such as this idea here . Some Câmaras are now providing masks to their citizens. Portimão, Lagoa, São Bras and Castro Marim have already begun and others are likely to follow suit. You should check on your Câmara websites to see if they are providing masks and we will update Members on this as we get more information.
PLEASE continue to adhere to the guidelines and continue the excellent work that’s been done so far.

Below are some reminders that we do want to make sure you are aware or, particularly for those new Members who may not have seen earlier mailings.

Information regarding IRS, IUC and IMI payments are in a previous e-mail sent on 3rd April, which is still available with all the previous mailings on the afpop website for new Members or those who may have missed the mailings. 

Please remember that due to the renewal of the State of Emergency to combat the pandemic of covid-19, the Government extended the deadline for owners to ensure the cleanliness of forest land until April 30th. Property owners are obliged to clean tree limbs and flammable material and clean their land in a strip of not less than 50 metres around their homes, as we have published in UPDATE each year. This link will take you to our article on land-clearance

Recyclable waste: A REMINDER. The waste disposal collections are continuing as you will know, but there are some guidelines that you should pay attention to.

Masks, gloves and handkerchiefs are not recyclable; they must always be disposed of in regular trash. These materials are apparently appearing, in large quantities, in Eco-points, ending up in the sorting lines. In addition to not being recyclable, they can be contaminated.
Contaminated waste is not recyclable; it must always be disposed of in regular waste. This rule applies to all persons who have contracted COVID-19 or who are quarantined for the same suspicion. Anyone in quarantine  should have their waste placed in two bags, one inside the other, tightly closed. These bags must not be full or compacted - they just have to be tightly closed and deposited inside the regular waste container.
It is also worth noting that anyone who does undergo checks or treatments for Covid-19 will not be charged for any diagnosis or treatment.

New road signs: Of course this is nothing to do with Covid-19, but next week new road signs will start to appear and we will have information on that available as soon as we can complete the translations. Many of the signs are self explanatory of course, however there are some that may not be readily understood and we have a short Fact Sheet on those available HERE

PLEASE don’t relax your guard now. Wash your hands regularly and cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, preferably with either a tissue or your forearm but not your hands. Clean surfaces often and keep the social distancing measures. As annoying and alien as it can be to have no contact with others, particularly at birthdays and other times when you would get together, it’s important to maintain these measures.
Listen to and HEED the advice of the experts. The longer we can all do this, the less time we will have to.

Please continue to stay safe and be well.

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 my best wishes to you all and please,

Michael R Reeve
afpop - Making Life Better

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