Continental Portugal remains divided between alertness, contingency and calamity

in News · 15-07-2020 13:40:00 · 1 Comments

Mainland Portugal will remain divided between the state of alertness, contingency and calamity until the end of the month, with more restrictive measures remaining in 19 parishes in the five municipalities most affected by the pandemic of the covid-19, determined the government on 14 July.

Within the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (AML), which consists of 18 municipalities, 19 parishes in five municipalities will remain in a state of calamity, since, as the Minister of the Presidency said on Monday, 13 July, it is necessary to “consolidate” the “trend decreasing number of new cases”, verified in the last 15 days.

Speaking to journalists, after a meeting with the mayors of Lisbon, Loures, Odivelas, Amadora and Sintra, Mariana Vieira da Silva then referred that the incidence of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in those municipalities dropped from 154 to 121, but said that there are still no conditions to rest.

Thus, there will continue to be three 'levels' of restrictions due to the covid-19 pandemic on the continent.

These three levels have been in effect since 1 July, and are now renewed, from 00:00 on Wednesday, 15 July, until 23:59 on 31 July.

The alert situation, the one in which the country found itself before the state of emergency was decreed on 18 March, is the lowest level of intervention provided for in the Civil Protection Bases Law, after the contingency and calamity situation (higher).

In the islands, the Government of Madeira had already decided to prolong the calamity situation until 31 July and the Government of the Azores stipulated the same state for the five islands with air connections to the outside of the archipelago (and alert for the remaining four) until 00:00 on 15 July. For the morning of this Wednesday, the presentation of new executive decisions is scheduled.

Three weeks ago, the Government also announced the creation of a system of administrative offenses for those who violate the established rules, such as gatherings or the consumption of alcoholic beverages on the street, with fines ranging from 100 to 500 Euros for individuals and between 1,000 and 5,000 Euros for legal entities.

The Government has now added fines for non-compliance with air traffic rules and airports (with the exception of the Azores and Madeira): boarding each passenger without demonstrating a negative test or waiving their need can cost airlines or airport managers 500 to 2,000 Euros and non-compliance with the obligation to track infrared body temperature of passengers arriving in the national territory is punishable by a fine of 2,000 to 3,000 Euros.

Mainland Portugal (with the exception of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area)

As with what came into force two weeks ago, most of the country will remain on alert, with the following restrictions in place:

- Mandatory home or hospital confinement for people infected with covid-19 or subject to active surveillance.

- The rules of physical distance, use of mask, capacity, schedules and hygiene are maintained.

- Gatherings limited to 20 people.

- Prohibition of alcohol consumption on public roads.

Lisbon Metropolitan Area

The Lisbon Metropolitan Area encompasses 18 municipalities in Greater Lisbon and the Setúbal Peninsula, namely Alcochete, Almada, Amadora, Barreiro, Cascais, Lisbon, Loures, Mafra, Moita, Montijo, Odivelas, Oeiras, Palmela, Seixal, Sesimbra, Setúbal, Sintra and Vila Franca de Xira.

This territory remains in a state of contingency and with more restrictive containment measures:

- Mandatory home or hospital confinement for people infected with covid-19 or subject to active surveillance.

- Limitation of 10 people in the gatherings.

- Prohibition of consumption of alcoholic beverages in outdoor spaces.

- Prohibition of selling alcoholic beverages in service areas and gas stations.

- Most commercial establishments must close at 8pm.

- Hypermarkets and supermarkets can remain open until 10pm, but cannot sell alcohol after 8pm.

- Restaurants can operate beyond 8pm for on-site meals (both inside establishments and on licensed terraces), on a take-away or home delivery service.

- No closing time is imposed for fuel supply services (they can operate 24 hours a day exclusively for the sale of fuel), pharmacies, funeral homes, sports equipment, clinics, offices and veterinarians.

19 parishes in the municipalities of Lisbon, Sintra, Amadora, Odivelas and Loures

Nineteen parishes in five municipalities in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area will continue in a state of calamity: Santa Clara (Lisbon), the four parishes in the municipality of Odivelas (Odivelas and the parish unions of Pontinha and Famões, Póvoa de Santo Adrião and Olival Basto, and Ramada and Caneças), the six parishes in the municipality of Amadora (Alfragide, Águas Livres, Encosta do Sol, Mina de Água, Venteira and Union of Parishes of Falagueira and Venda Nova), six parishes of Sintra (unions of Queluz and Belas, Massamá and Monte Abraão, Cacém and São Marcos, Agualva and Mira Sintra, Algueirão-Mem Martins and the parish of Rio de Mouro) and two parishes of Loures (parishes of Sacavém and Prior Velho, and Camarate, Unhos and Apelação).

In these parishes special containment measures were imposed:

- The “civic duty of home collection” is imposed, that is, people should only leave the house to go to work, go shopping, play sports or provide assistance to family members.

- Gatherings are limited to five people.

- Fairs and uprising markets are prohibited.

- Reinforcement of mandatory containment surveillance by joint Civil Protection, Social Security and Community Health teams.

- Implementation of the Healthy Neighbourhoods Programme coordinated by architect Helena Roseta, to improve living conditions.


Comments:

We have just had the biggest daily increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Algarve since 19 June: 25 people have been tested positive since yesterday. With the number of visitors increasing and holiday mood setting in, there is a clear risk of an upsurge in infections. Now more than ever people need to be responsible to keep themselves and others safe.

By Annie from Algarve on 15-07-2020 02:24
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