Non-registered deputy Cristina Rodrigues also voted in favour. BE again abstained and PCP, PEV, Chega, Liberal Initiative and non-registered deputy Joacine Katar Moreira maintained their vote against this legal framework, which allows for the suspension of the exercise of some rights, freedoms and guarantees.

This was the eleventh diploma of the state of emergency that Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa submitted to the Assembly of the Republic in the current context of the covid-19 pandemic.

The approved lockdown some changes compared to what is currently in force, providing for the establishment of a phased plan for the reopening of face-to-face classes, including a reservation allowing the sale of books and school materials and allowing noise limits at certain times in buildings and housing so as not to disturb those who are telecommuting.

Under the terms of the Constitution, it is up to the President of the Republic to decree a state of emergency, for a maximum period of fifteen days, without prejudice to possible renewals, but for this he must listen to the Government and have authorisation from the parliament.

The current state of emergency period ends at 23:59 on the next Sunday, February 14. This renewal will take effect in the period between 15 February 1 and March.

Under the state of emergency, the Government has imposed a general duty of lockdown and the suspension of a series of activities since 15 January.

Teaching establishments have since been closed, since 22 January, first with a two-week break from school, and then with distance learning, which began on Monday.

In January, the President of the Republic announced that the state of emergency would extend until the end of his presidential term, which ends on 9 March.