The diploma that amends the exceptional and temporary measures relating to the Covid-19 disease pandemic, promulgated on Tuesday by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and published today in Diário da República, include the measures already announced by the Council of Ministers such as the mandatory use of a mask in closed spaces and public transport.
Social support unchanged
Speaking to Lusa, the Secretary of State for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, André Moz Caldas, underlined that at this stage it was decided not to make any changes regarding social support.
“We defined a set of priorities from the point of view of cleaning up this system. We have decided not to alter support rules. That matter will obviously be revisited at another time. At this moment, all matters referring to support remain as they were in force until now”, he said.
Among the new features of the diploma is, for example, the extension of the right to sick pay in case of contracting Covid-19 until December 31, a measure that was in force only until the end of September.
But it is also established that immunosuppressed people or people with children or dependents in charge with disabilities or chronic illnesses are entitled to teleworking, whenever applicable, without requiring an agreement with the employer.
Immunosuppressed patients who need a third dose of Covid-19 vaccine may still excuse themselves from work as long as they present a medical certificate.
Situations in when the use of a mask or visor is mandatory are also listed, including commercial spaces, including shopping centres, with an area greater than 400m2, Citizen Shops, schools, except in playgrounds, concert halls and events, sports facilities, health establishments, homes for the elderly or for people with disabilities, integrated care units, public transport, including taxis and TVDE and other situations where use is determined by the General Directorate of Health (DGS).
In the case of workplaces, the mandatory use of a mask can be decided by companies and in schools the use is mandatory in closed spaces from the age of 10 or from the 2nd cycle of education, regardless of age.
In bars and restaurants, workers must wear a mask, as well as in any commercial establishment where there is physical contact with customers, exempting themselves from wearing them only in cases where, due to the nature of their activity, it becomes impractical.
Regarding Covid-19 screening tests in the social responses, it is determined that “it is an expense of the social action subsystem, regardless of the legal nature of the recipient institutions, which is carried out by the Social Security Institute, IP, until December 31, 2021, with the acquisition of services to perform SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests, to be carried out, in accordance with the norms of the General Directorate of Health, to workers affected by social responses in support of elderly people, people with disability and children”.
The decree-law published today does not yet revoke the diploma with the rules for access to the beaches and takes the opportunity to add rules that determine the obligation to maintain a physical distance of one and a half metres in all access zones until the end of the bathing season.
As usual the nonsensical, illogical rules continue. People can walk in and out of countless businesses, bars and restaurants but bar and restaurant workers have to wear masks! What is the point? A complete farce!
By SS from Algarve on 01 Oct 2021, 09:05
The actual science says masks do not stop aerosols.
Masks so stop some droplets, large and small.
The actual science also says corona viruses, all of them, and influenza viruses, may be detected in droplets but have however not been seen to incur any transmission of infections through droplets nor surfaces either. They have been shown in scientific studies to incur their entire transmissiability through aerosols. They are aerosol spreading viruses. They have all become endemic in the entire animal kingdom and will always infect humans with somehow impaired immune function, usually in winter time and cause epidemics. Nothing can be done to prevent it, not even vaccines that do not work fully by preventing infection can stop it. It is in the open air, more or less quantities, always and everywhere. Good thing is, it is no more serious then any previous corona virus, it only was, for a short time, a new one. It no longer is new.
By K. Lehto from Other on 01 Oct 2021, 11:29
There's always nonsense about masks and COVID. Fact: A standard medical face mask is more effective at preventing the wearer from inhaling aerosols without causing substantial breathing resistance than various cloth, medical, or respirator masks, new research shows. "Medical face masks with good filtration efficacies can provide even better protective effects than KN95 respirators," write Christian Sterr, MD, from Philipps University of Marburg in Germany, and his colleagues.
For those who keep saying that COVID isn't serious, or very serious, or more serious than the flu or some other disease: the US now has over 700,000 deaths and counting. Brazil has over 600,000 deaths and counting. That is serious. It is more serious than any other recent disease. Far more serious. Denial can be very satisfying emotionally, but it doesn't change the facts.
By DRWin from USA on 03 Oct 2021, 23:31