New lockdown details

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 15-02-2021 12:26:00 · 8 Comments

The Government approved the set of measures that regulate the most recent state of emergency, between 15 February and 1 March, including the continuation of lockdown and distance learning, and now allowing with limitations, the sale of books

Here are the main measures for the continued state of emergency:

Travel limitations and border control

Travel abroad from the mainland by any type of transport is limited, and with checks at all land borders.

According to the Ministry of Internal Administration, since 00:00 15 February, circulation between Portugal and Spain remains limited to specific authorized crossing points for the transport of goods, cross-border workers with proper documentation and emergency. vehicles

The two countries agreed to add two points of authorised passage (PPA) to the list already in force, located in Melgaço and Montalegre, and some PPAs also underwent schedule adjustments to serve the interests of those who use them.

Seven of the authorised crossing points operate 24 hours a day throughout the week: Valença, Vila Verde da Raia, Quintanilha, Vilar Formoso, Caia, Vila Verde de Ficalho and Castro Marim.

The Marvão PPA is open on working days from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, and the authorised points in Monção, Melgaço and Montalegre are open on working days from 6:00 am to 9:00 am and from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Since 31 January, the possibility of suspending flights and the lockdown of passengers upon arrival is also foreseen when the epidemiological situation justifies it.

Lockdown and distance learning

In this period of state of emergency, the obligation to stay at home remains, and the Prime Minister, António Costa, said that the measure should continue throughout the month of March.

One of the main measures is the continuation of distance learning for all levels of education, with no return to face-to-face education expected before the Easter holidays in early April.

For secondary education, a special television channel was created, on cable and on digital terrestrial television, with content from the “Study at Home” programme, until the end of the school year.

Sale of books and school supplies allowed

Establishments that remain open, such as supermarkets and hypermarkets, will be able to sell books and school supplies, but must maintain the prohibition on selling other, non-essential goods.

This was one of the changes imposed by the decree of the President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who said the Prime Minister, António Costa, "forbade to ban" the sale of books and school materials in these establishments.

Independent bookstores have asked for authorisation to reopen, appealing to the Government to stop “abuse of a dominant position” by larger publishers and merchants.

Legal noise limits

The proposal put forward by the President of the Republic ended up not being accepted in state of emergency measures.

The presidential decree for the renewal of the state of emergency until 1 March, , had allowed for noise limits at certain times and in residential buildings, so as not to disturb those who are in remote work.

The Council of Ministers ended up not approving anything on this matter.

Limitations on telecom services

Telecom operators can, from 15 February, limit or block access to non-essential services on broadband internet, such as video games and digital media platforms, if necessary, to protect critical State services.

Digital platforms, such as Netflix and Youtube, as well as video game services, may be blocked to ensure the continuity of electronic communications services to hospitals or security forces, a measure already permitted in previous state of emergency decrees

All restrictions in force are maintained

All other restrictions imposed in mainland Portugal in the last 15 days remain in force, which covers limitations to the operation of non-essential trade and food sector, as well as the ban on movement between municipalities at the weekend and the general duty to stay at home.

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By Nes from Madeira on 20-02-2021 01:42

I’m in Germany reading this and thinking what the hell is this government doing in Portugal? If the government wants a strict Lockdown, then do it like Australia has done, massive lockdown for just 1 week. Stomp the virus, don’t destroy the economy over months on months lockdowns.

By Musab from Other on 17-02-2021 07:25

The governments of the world are not your friends and they don't care about their people... they are just following orders that are designed to make you as miserable as possible did you really think you could sit at home watching Youtube & Netflix all day? Wait until the food shortages come later then you really will be crying for your mommy

By Ricardo from Algarve on 16-02-2021 06:40

My wife and I are British spending the winter in Budens. Since the messages from the uk and Portugal is to stay at home and avoid non-essential travel. Will the 90 day maximum stay rule be relaxed?

By Glynn Rhodes from Algarve on 16-02-2021 04:23

Really? Locking up people in their cages? Allowing noise like renovations in neighbouring apartments to continue but blocking Netflix? This is getting weirder by the day.

By Max from Algarve on 16-02-2021 01:44

Blocking Netflix and you tube is a very sick thing to do when everyone has to stay at home on lockdown, not very presidential

By KARL BLORE from Algarve on 15-02-2021 10:07

Every single day there are construction workers in multiple buildings in my street with no masks and just hanging outside. Where is the policing of this? In the last period of lockdown I reported some. The police talked to them but of made no difference. And there’s no way these people live in this concelho. How on Earth is rehabbing private buildings exempt from the rules the rest of us need to follow. Portugal...

By Robert from Lisbon on 15-02-2021 07:48

What utter nonsense. This is about removing people's rights and freedom.

Boomers say they hated Salazar, yet they're somehow fine with the current dictatorship.

By Andrew from Lisbon on 15-02-2021 01:33
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