Essential points of new lockdown rules

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 22-01-2021 01:00:00 · 14 Comments

New restrictive measures in the context of the new general lockdown due to the covid-19 pandemic came into force on 20 January, here is what you need to know.

The diploma changes the regulation of the state of emergency decreed by the President of the Republic, which applies to the entire mainland and which lasts until 11:59 on 30 January.

In addition to the new measures, the remaining rules of the new confinement to combat the pandemic remain in force, in which the general duty to stay at home, mandatory remote working and the closure of trade, with the exception of essential goods and services establishments.

Here are the rules in more detail:

Mandatory confinement

  • General duty to stay at home.
  • Travel authorised to purchase essential goods and services, performance of professional activities, attendance at school establishments, physical activity and outdoor sports, or participation in the electoral campaign or the election of the President of the Republic.
  • Mandatory work from home, if this is not possible then a valid declaration must be issued.
  • Mandatory confinement for people infected with Covid-19 or under active surveillance by the health authorities.

Limited movement between municipalities

  • It is forbidden to move outside your own municipality between 8pm on Friday and 5am on Monday. Exceptions are applicable.
  • Prohibition of access to public spaces
  • Local councils to decide which public areas to close including beaches and riverside areas. Benches, playgrounds and sports areas prohibited for use.


  • All educational and vocational training establishments including nurseries, schools and universities are to be closed as of Friday Jan 22


  • Mandatory remote working, whenever the functions allow.
  • Companies in the service sector with more than 250 workers are to provide a list of essential workers for the business to the ACT.
  • Non compliance with remote working is considered a very serious offense.

Trade and services

  • General retail and service provision businesses are now closed to the public.
  • There are exceptions in place for 52 types of establishments that can continue to operate, including newsagents and tobacconists, but businesses must close at 8pm on weekdays and 1pm on weekends and holidays.
  • Food retail trade businesses to close at 8pm on weekdays and at 5pm on weekends and holidays.
  • Exceptions to closing hours apply to certain essential services including petrol stations, pharmacies and doctors.

Restaurants, bars and coffee shops

  • Restaurants, bars and coffee shops work exclusively for the purpose of cooking for consumption outside the establishment through home delivery or take away;
  • The sale of any type of drinks at the door is prohibited.
  • No alcoholic drink deliveries are allowed after 8pm.
  • Closure of all restaurants and similar spaces located in shopping centres, even for take-away, and can only work for home delivery.

Public services

  • Public services provide assistance in person by appointment and the provision of services through digital media and contact centres is reinforced.
  • Courts remain open.


  • Gyms closed
  • Pavilions and other sports venues closed, except for the practice of individual outdoor sports, training and competitive activities.
  • The national teams and 1st senior division are still active, which includes the Primeira Liga, but without an audience.

Religious ceremonies

  • Religious ceremonies are permitted according to the rules of the Directorate-General for Health.

Support for economic activity

  • Creation of extraordinary measures to support workers and economic activity, taxpayers, the culture sector, consumers and trade.
  • Automatic access to the simplified lay-off for companies forced to close.


  • Fines doubled during the state of emergency, for non-compliance with measures to combat the pandemic.
  • Administrative offense for not subjecting the test on arrival at the airport, with a fine between €300 and €800.

Fees and prices

  • In home meal delivery services, commissions charged to restaurants limited to 20 percent and delivery fees cannot increase.
  • Bottled gas (LPG) subject to maximum prices.

Presidential elections

  • Events are allowed within the scope of the electoral campaign and the election of the President of the Republic.
**Information has been corrected to reflect changes since initial publication

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If they close businesses why not the big ones: Decathlon, Worten etc.?

By Nes from Algarve on 20-02-2021 02:00

Welcome to a socialist and globalist country, if you're part of the majority your the enemy, this is a staged civilisational coup, look at all of the measures upon the biggest economical and social crisis since the big war, all of them are digging us deeper and now we keep the establishment president in with a promise of communism for the future. I don't think you had any other country to go anyway, it's all around us the same...welcome to the new holodomor/holocaust, I hope you're growing your food, collecting your seeds and have a reliable solar power bank, we'll need it! You can try to get arrested, they'll have to feed you and the dog, also iv you make a big drama downtown and get someone to film it, put it online and create some discussion, people are afraid but they are good people, just gotta win their hearts... that's the danger of a slave society, we can't trust each other anymore...Good luck mate!!!

By Anticomuna from Algarve on 25-01-2021 05:24

Why is all travel forbidden ?
As long as I am in my car, or on my motorcycle, I am not close to any person.
I will not get or give any virus.

GNR is spending the time to stop cars and give them heavy fines.
Since drivning your car is a crime.
Instead of stopping real crimes.

By Gustav from Algarve on 24-01-2021 05:14

You can still go to the supermarket, the ATM, the doctor, the vet...
But if you don’t have any money to buy the goods you need then you might have a problem indeed! Unless you are registered as unemployed or living under the poverty limit or as incapacitated to work because of your illness...
Did you try to contact your local municipality? Or the Santa Casa da Misericórdia? I advise you to call before you go anywhere because they only let you in with a previous appointment made by phone.

By Isabel from Alentejo on 24-01-2021 10:29

Mr Jones you are not realistic. If you are officially and legitimaly resident and you must be if you have a car and internet,and you, quote 'pay into the system taxes' then social security wont let you die of cancer or starve to death . Radically, sell the car. stop spending money on social media, let your dog go, he'll survive, Santa casa de Misericordia, as much as I loathe organised religion and its associated obligations will help. Beg for food at the back of restaurants but tell them its for the dog. It works . Go back to the social security or your local health centre.
What did you do before march 2020?

By UJB from Beiras on 23-01-2021 07:08

Dear Mr David Jones.
Food, money, medicine and all the other basics are available in the locations that one would normally use. Instead of "killing us ", the government that is responsible for ordering the lockdown are actually trying to save our lives. Spreading fear ? look for the potential positives dear fellow, like all the things you wanted to do at home, or in the garden or the terrace. The Middle East African invaders will hopefully get asylum and be upright tax paying individuals that will enable us all to receive pensions, because without them there are not enough tax payers to make pensions an option.If you have half a glass of water, is it half full or half empty ? Choosing to see it as half full is really useful in dealing with life difficulties.. I sincerely hope that you and your dog are still alive to read this note and that you can now go and get your shopping.

By Martin Jackson from Algarve on 23-01-2021 06:31

"Yet the Portg gov give everything to foreign invaders from Middle East Africa who arrive on small boats on beaches, what about me! What about us, who paid into the system taxes,?"
I was sympathizing with the man until he reached that low. Some of the hardest working foreigners I came across in Portugal are those from Asia, Africa and Brasil who are often also exploited and withheld proper treatment or use of the public system they contribute too. So assuming of you, I might as well do the same. I assume going by the name of the person who uttered the nonsense I mentioned in the quotation marks he is not from Guimaraes but (also) a foreigner possibly from the UK or USA looking at the name and grandstanding. Calm your horses sir, no sympathy or donation from me, contact your embassy for information and support. You ve motivated me to donate to the refugees and the homeless people in Portugal.

By Saoirse from Lisbon on 23-01-2021 02:52

Everything is great
But I live in Montes de Alvor on run Júlio Amaro and both people walking in two’s or more no masks
Lock down is lockdown
I need to understand why borders and airports are not closed as well
It I’d terrible the situation Portugal is in and the most important boarders and airports nothing is being done about it
And it’s not the fines and test that will make the difference
I came from Canada just over two years ago, to take care of my parents. Dad has passed since and mom who is 90 is not well.
Even though I am with duo citizenship I love Portugal
From where I come from Portugal has so much to learn is behind everything including customer service with little exceptions. We are 200 hundred years behind
Time to learn from other countries
But Portugal I found to be stubborn and always right
Just my opinion
Right now priority is closing everything including borders and airports
Thank you

By Elizabeth Martins from Algarve on 23-01-2021 12:11

So I can order a pizza with a coke but not a pizza with a beer. Where is the logic?

By Robert from Algarve on 22-01-2021 10:06

David Jones that is absolutely horrible. You are so right that the govt will bend over backwards to accommodate the so called refugees and those that live in Portugal get sh*****. Even the WHO has claimed that lock downs do more harm than good. Good luck to you stay safe.

By Tony B from USA on 22-01-2021 06:40

David Jones,you are so right.all the media do is keep churning out statistics that the authorities give them.about time they got out and did some proper reporting as their will be thousands of people in the same position as you.
Probably not interested as it doesn't comply with the government narrative.

By Peter shepherd from Lisbon on 22-01-2021 06:26

I read the letter from Mr Jones who has no money or food for himself and his dog, please let me know if he has been helped?

By Colleen Fisher from Lisbon on 22-01-2021 05:42

Why is there no information telling people where they can go or contact to get help, food, money, medicine, ?

I have no food, no money, no dog food, I cannot operate my car, no fuel,
I need medicine, I have cancer, I am going to die with my dog alone,
This is what they are doing, this is the real reality.
You cannot just lock people down, what about people with 0?

I already spent my savings on food, fuel, since March 2020,
I went to Portg social office, they turned me away, at the door, because of covid.
They are killing us all!!!

I need food my dog is starving! I need medicine, mone6 to buy fuel, medicine food.

So where is the support???

All there is is continued demands to lock us all down, but nothing is written by journalists directing people in desperate needs where to go, who to contact to get proper life saving support?

Yet the Portg gov give everything to foreign invaders from Middle East Africa who arrive on small boats on beaches, what about me! What about us, who paid into the system taxes,?

Why is there only stories written spreading fear, and threats of fines.

Why no stories explaining where people must go, or contact to get money, food medical care, medicines?

Please tell me?

By David Jones from Algarve on 22-01-2021 10:22

The article says the schools stay open. I think this is a mistake? Here it says they have to close

By H. B from Algarve on 22-01-2021 08:33
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