Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa is today to start hearing political parties with parliamentary seats by videoconference on the renewal of the state of emergency. The current period of state of emergency to allow measures to contain covid-19 ends at 23: 59 of Saturday, January 30. Under the state of emergency, the Government imposed a set of measures including compulsory home-working, in force since January 15th. Days later, it determined the replacement of the ban on movement between municipalities on weekends. According to the Constitution, it is up to the head of state to decree a state of emergency, but for that he must listen to the Government and have authorisation from Parliament.