Portugal begins new state of emergency – including nightly curfews

in News · 09-11-2020 04:45:00 · 27 Comments

Portugal has today begun a new state of emergency until 23 November to combat the covid-19 pandemic, imposing, among other measures, a nightly curfew in the 121 municipalities with the highest number of cases of infection.

This measure prohibiting people leaving their homes between 11 pm and 5 am on weekdays and from 1pm during the weekends, is applied in 121 municipalities considered to be at high risk of the transmission Covid-19.

These municipalities, which cover 70% of the resident population, include all municipalities in the Metropolitan Areas of Lisbon and Porto.

The measure was approved by an extraordinary Council of Ministers held on Saturday night and provides for exceptions such as commuting to work, emergency situations, taking exercise in the vicinity of housing and walking animals.

The executive also approved other measures that will apply to mainland Portugal, such as the possibility of measuring body temperature by non-invasive means in accessing the workplace, schools, means of transport or commercial and sports spaces.

It is also foreseen the possibility of requiring diagnostic tests for covid-19 in schools, homes, health establishments, when entering and leaving the national territory, prisons or other places that the Directorate-General for Health may determine.

The new state of emergency also provides for the possibility of requesting resources, means and health facilities from the private and social sectors.

Last week, the Government already approved other measures to contain the pandemic on the continent including limiting groups in restaurants to six people, unless they belong to the same household.

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Some of the comments on here are conspiracy theorist ********. Look at what's going on!!! This is not about oppression, you idiots, it's about staying safe because people don't know how to act right on their own. Look what's happened in the U.S. Do you really want that in Portugal!? Quit your whining and take the precautions that are being enforced with appreciation for the lives of yourself and others. I'm sick of people complaining about this , and looking for ways to get around the restrictions. This is why there is a second wave, because people started acting like idiots when the restrictions were lifted before. I still see people going out in large groups without masks to eat and drink. idiots!!!!

By Jack from Porto on 05-12-2020 02:02

I really hope that Portuguese citizens come to their senses and rebel against the oppression of the government which applies neither science, not common sense while killing economy, businesses, and human lives in the process.

By Elhanan from Lisbon on 14-11-2020 08:05

Annie, I had no intent to insult. Your forgiveness if you felt that way. Like you said, maybe my response to your comment stem from the fact that the subject matter had nothing to do with Africa and your views about them. It was all about Portugal and and the so-called restriction. Hope you understand!

By Williams from Lisbon on 12-11-2020 12:47

To those who still truly believe their government is looking for out for their best interest, reclaim your power back quickly before they push you further down the garbage chute.
If the endless list of farcical and comical rules and regulations from our authorities do not convince you to think otherwise. I don't know what will.
On a given Saturday , anyone still up to walking into a restaurant with a mask on, to then sit down and take it off for 1 hour before finishing your meal and fear you will get covid that gives you a 99.9% chance of survival ?
...whoops sorry, you can't even have lunch on a Saturday in a restaurant anymore ;-)
Reminds me to tell you my fellow citizens, your freedoms in a democracy have now been completely stripped away !!
Still convinced ??

By Ricardo Santos from Lisbon on 11-11-2020 02:54

Dear Williams,
I think we are supposed to comment the contents of the articles, not trade personal insults.
All the best to you - take care!

By Annie from Algarve on 11-11-2020 10:59

The Day of Judgment is near. Ask God to forgive you for your sins.

By Musfirah Almas from Lisbon on 11-11-2020 02:16

Allo Portugal they go my holidays again for 2021

By Dino Rosa from Other on 10-11-2020 07:18

Annie from Algarve, I guess you completely lost the beauty of your argument here by linking Africa with "restrictionless life". That show how mentally poor and ignorant you are. Assuming your assertion is anything to go by, ignorance and racial bias has essentially helped you to disconnect with the fact that with all the restrictions put in place you are worse beaten by the COVID-19 than those in Africa.

Perhaps you'd need to look it up again in your dictionary and consider how much damage lack of restriction (unguided lifestyle) has caused your so-called developed world... I encourage you to travel a bit and grow up...

By Williams from Lisbon on 10-11-2020 06:27

Common sense (and not any information from the web) and I am sure now, months after the beginning of that really not dangerous desease, that all this is hysterie, collective loss of mind and the dictatorship of a global medicinal agenda. The people are "sleeping", here and anywhere, "Wake Up"......

By johannes from Alentejo on 10-11-2020 05:34

In reply to Eddie from Lisbon,
Yes, you can go out after 13h to go for short walks or go shopping, in the 121 restricted counties.
Enjoy your weekend break!

By Nuno from Lisbon on 10-11-2020 02:14

To Martin : if you break the curfew you would not get shot. Cops will accompany you back home. That's it.

To e Medeiros.

I bet you are young. Of course everyone does, but the latter, the better. And how you protect the vulnerable ? Place forever curfew around 2 million elderly ? Not possible. Such people must go shopping. Many live alone. They must carry their daily lives.

By Pedro Paulo from Lisbon on 10-11-2020 12:26

I can't believe that people from countries where the virus is killing tens of thousands of people are complaining because Portugal is being wise and careful with the lives of its citizens. I think the country could invite them to leave, since none of us immigrants have a right to be here. One can always move back to a country where there are fewer restrictions and more deaths.

By Susan from Porto on 10-11-2020 12:12

Portugal is going back to the dictatorship. Salazar is back.
Go and check your neighbours, they mast doing something wrong.
And Portuguese people are putting heads in the send again.

By Salazar from Lisbon on 10-11-2020 11:50

No, not the entire population (is stupid), just those who can't say no to alcohol, and have to meet with like-minded to party all night. They're afraid of appearing weak so no safety protocols. Then they go home and share it with their older parents, because they still live at home. If they have a job, they go to work the next day and share it with their co-workers.

By Zia from Lisbon on 10-11-2020 10:52

To E.Medeiros, good thinking i suggest you go outside after curfew. And shake hands give lots of kisses to the hundreds of other people who cant think rationally and go out to party at these hours, getting into contact with alot more people than when working. And to Martin.. they should, you want to go in against TEMPERARY rules which are for your own safety, you should get shot.. it helped in the philippines. There they have alot less sick than herr. Think about it everyone, ALL countries where they had curfews and lockdowns, are now alot better off. China. Vietnam. Philippines. Thailand. And they didnt cry dictatorship.. so to all who dont like these rules. Go outside with likeminded people, leave the people who stay home alone, get sick and just disappear, the world is better off without this egocentric stupidity

By Blue hybrid from Other on 10-11-2020 10:34

I do suspect that SARS.2.0 is not wiselly researched by alot of portuguese goverment officials. That said, as we all know (or should) Portugal is a vassal state of Brussels, henceforth it but does whats its told. No less and no more.
Portuguese people are NOT like the French...alas... So, dont expect any riots etc.

The Great Resset is the issue...considering just how almost every bank is in penuria, no comment.........that said, fairly certain Sars 2.0 is not a "false flag" for ushering in a new level of the erosion into public liberties.
Miss Shi Zhegli and her cohorts reserching gain of function in Wuhans lab have been at it for a awhile now???? (More then a decade. ) with the assistance of Chinas bribing system, desguised as the "Confucious System", quite a few renowned virologists where "recruited". Specialy from USA????.
Still....never, never, neeeeever waist a good chaos to implement various agendas. Specialy the white collar thieves in the Casinos, sorry, Banking system:
Fiat currency 101, Quantitative easing and Fractional Reserve Banking 101???????? oh the irony of this terminalogy boggles the mind! ????????

By Zè tartaruga from UK on 10-11-2020 10:16

Total bull shit. Govt has no clue what they are doing. Way overblown restrictions. Common sense, wash your hand and stay home if you are sick.

By Joe Rock from Lisbon on 09-11-2020 05:23

In reply to Martin from Lisboa 09/11/2020.
One must assume you are not old enough to have lived & remember life in Portugal in the days prior to 1974.
Had you done so you would be wise enough to know not to make such rediculous comments.

By Eric from Algarve on 09-11-2020 02:30

They put Christmas lights up on my street, you can feel there's an crisp cool breeze in the air, you know that Kris Kringle is almost here...

By Sakamoto Saurez from Lisbon on 09-11-2020 01:50

No, not the entire population (is stupid), just those who can't say no to alcohol, and have to meet with like-minded to party all night. They're afraid of appearing weak so no safety protocols. Then they go home and share it with their older parents, because they still live at home. If they have a job, they go to work the next day and share it with their co-workers.
Test you theory Martin. Let us know if you get shot...

By William from Other on 09-11-2020 12:58

Portugal is a lovely country with lovely people who have always welcomed us. If these lockdowns, which are happening in most civilised countries as well, save even just a few lives, I am willing to curtail a few activities to save young lives as well as older people. Keep safe!

By Dilys Cranstone from Algarve on 09-11-2020 12:20

Restrictions and lockdown measures in Portugal seem to be in step with actions in other countries around us. For a restrictionless life one might need to venture out to Africa perhaps? Could wait things out there....

By Annie from Algarve on 09-11-2020 11:39

About time too with these rules. If the people in the affected areas had complied with existing less onerous guidelines and requirements, the case numbers would not be so bad.

By David S from Algarve on 09-11-2020 11:28

Am I still allowed to stay in a hotel in Lisbon this weekend? Assuming that I do some tourism in the morning, and eat before 1pm, then I can go for a run in the afternoon as long as I do not go too far away from the hotel (eating dinner in the hotel). Then I can drive back on Sunday afternoon (as I need to work on Monday). Is that how it works?

By Eddie from Lisbon on 09-11-2020 09:51

Could you please publish a map with those 121 municipalities marked ?

So we know where we can go and where we can't
I have seen an alphabetic list. But is far from se same as a map


By Gustav from Algarve on 09-11-2020 09:21

What happens if we break the curfew do we get shot? It wouldn't surprise me in this dictatorial marshal law country.

By Martin from Lisbon on 09-11-2020 09:21

Yet more ridiculous placebo rules that do not make any sense and without any scientific merit. I guess the virus spreads more after 11 pm until 5 am?! Simply an attempt to "appear" to be doing something to reduce the spread... smoke and mirrors. They really must think that the Portuguese population is stupid. Protect the old and vulnerable, everyone else back to normal life. Life is for living and eventually everyone dies.

By E. Medeiros from Lisbon on 09-11-2020 08:46
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