Lockdown extended until 1 March

By TPN/Lusa, in COVID-19, Politics, News · 12-02-2021 10:11:00 · 3 Comments

The Portuguese parliament has authorised the renewal of the state of emergency until 1 March to allow measures to contain covid-19, with favourable votes from PS, PSD, CDS-PP and PAN.

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.

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Did say in a previous post that the lockdown will continue till Easter. As for a referendum I can't see the government agreeing to that. referendum the government wouldn't agree to that

By Peter shepherd from Lisbon on 14-02-2021 01:39

As long as people like you behave like children.

By Ren from Porto on 13-02-2021 09:01

At what point will this paternalistic behaviour be deemed unacceptable by the Portuguese people? No ‘road map’ out of this situation has been proffered, yet the people of Portugal must simply defer and accept their decisions? A referendum would be nice, particularly as this is now the eleventh state of emergency.

By Ian from Lisbon on 12-02-2021 11:46
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