Covid-19: Portugal update

in News · 09-03-2020 17:31:00 · 7 Comments

The Covid-19 outbreak has been leading to, since last week, the closure or amendment of access to public services, schools, hospitals and other facilities in Portugal.

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Here is a list of services and spaces closed or with restricted access in Portugal, according to public announcements made until the beginning of the afternoon (9 March).


- The Directorate-General for Health announced on Sunday the closure of all schools in the municipalities of Lousada and Felgueiras, in the district of Porto.

- The Higher School of Technology and Management of the Polytechnic of Porto today closed indefinitely “all facilities where classes take place”, including Amarante and Penafiel, in the district of Porto, in addition to Felgueiras and Lousada.

- Classes at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto are suspended and all students are prohibited from circulating in the building of Hospital de São João. Training activities - classes, internships and study visits - were also suspended with the participation of professionals from the Centro Hospitalar Universitário de São João.

- The shared facilities of the Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences and the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Porto will remain closed until 20 March.

- The Polytechnic and University Higher Education Cooperative (CESPU) suspended all classes at its educational establishments and closed most spaces, preventively.

- In Portimão (Faro district), two schools are closed: the Manuel Teixeira Gomes Secondary School, where a student was diagnosed with Covid-19, and the Professor José Buisel Basic School, where the mother of the sick student also teaches.

- The University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, in Vila Real, decided to suspend sports events and activities under the responsibility of the academy, as well as trips to countries affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

- The Amadora Secondary School, in the district of Lisbon, and the Basic School 2.3 Roque Gameiro, in the same municipality, are closed until March 20, after two new cases of Covid-19 have been identified.

- About 90 students from the University of Minho are in voluntary quarantine at the academy's residences in Braga, for having been in contact with a student infected with the new coronavirus.

- The University of the Azores (with hubs in São Miguel, Terceira and Faial) today decided to postpone "congresses, 'workshops', seminars or other public scientific or cultural events" in spaces of the institution for "an indefinite period". The academy forbade entry to university residences to anyone who moves to the archipelago from other countries and regions without having completed a quarantine period.

- The Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo suspended the 2020 edition of the IPVC Summit event and postponed the job fair, which was taking place simultaneously, on the 18th, and which expected the participation of more than 10,000 visitors.

- The Fafe Institute of Higher Studies closed its premises today and suspended on-site activities for at least two weeks, for preventive reasons, in a measure that covers 900 students.


- Visits to hospitals and homes in the Northern region were temporarily suspended, as announced on Saturday by the Minister of Health.

- The Integrated Support Program for the Community of Matosinhos ended on March 6, leaving the 19 health professionals who work there in home isolation.

- The Regional Health Directorate of the Azores today recommended restricting the number of visits to integrated continuous care units, residential structures for the elderly and health homes, as preventive measures.

- The Government suspended the Medical Disability Assessment Boards, allowing public health doctors to dedicate themselves to the Covid-19 outbreak.

- Hospital do Espírito Santo de Évora has limited the number of visits to hospitalized patients and companions in urgent and outpatient visits: in addition to the companion, hospitalized patients "may receive a visit, for 30 minutes", every day between 3 pm and 16:30 and between 19:00 and 20:00. In obstetrics, the presence of the companion is allowed, but no visits are permitted.

- The Hospital and University Center of Coimbra has already restricted the hours and accesses of visits to patients in February. Visiting time was restricted to the period between 15:00 and 16:00 and between 19:00 to 19:30 and limited to one visitor per patient.


- Visits to prisons in the Northern region were temporarily suspended due to the Covid-19 epidemic, as the Minister of Health announced on Saturday.

- Face-to-face training sessions in the scope of the internships in law in Porto and Guimarães, involving 488 law graduates, are suspended indefinitely for “merely preventive” reasons.

- The Comarca da Madeira asked citizens to go to the courts only if they are summoned for due diligence or for an “absolutely urgent” reason.


- The Directorate-General for Health announced on Sunday the suspension of activities in all leisure or cultural establishments in the municipalities of Lousada and Felgueiras, in the district of Porto.


- The Municipality of Felgueiras decided to close the municipal public access services, except the Paços do Concelho, suspended the weekly fairs in Felgueiras and Lixa and cancelled all events for a month.

- The Municipality of Lousada today has the City Halls operating on a minimum service basis and called on the population to only go to there in case of emergency.

- The Union of Parishes of Cedofeita, Santo Ildefonso, Sé, Miragaia, São Nicolau and Vitória, which covers the historical and nightlife area of ??Porto, closed all its services until next Thursday as a “proactive measure of prevention".

- The Porto City Council suspended activities with transportation and extracurricular activities in schools, and postponed non-urgent council activities, such as visits and travel.

- The Câmara de Portimão announced today the preventive closure of cultural and sports equipment under its management until March 31, at the indication of the delegate of public health. The measure covers the municipal theatre, museums and libraries, the Portimão Arena, the sports pavilions, the municipal swimming pools of Portimão, Alvor and Mexilhoeira Grande and the municipality's tennis courts.


Proxy user here. Many are quarantined here. No real person appears to be sick. No symptoms. No coughing. Officers dressed as medical workers keep pointing a laser at people's heads, claiming fever and sending people away. Have not heard from co-workers for months. They are most likely gone by now. Keep seeing brand name people on YouTube claiming to be sick. No videos of regular Joes claim to be sick, no users with 5 views or 100 subs range, only million view users appear claim to be sick. Are they actors? Something's going on. Military is bustling with activity. Last time many were sequestered to their homes, the military came in and took us one by one, no one could help each other being separated this way. Keep your guns handy.

By Gowron from Other on 16-03-2020 06:08

I have a city break booked for 23/3/20, ive talked to the airline but because the goverment havent stopped flights to Faro in Portugal it will still go ahead but will it be worth going, will there be any cafes/restaurants etc to visit/open. What are the chances of being put into isolation when you arrive there? Just dont know what to do, all i know is the airline will not cancel or let me re book without losing all the money already paid. Is there anyone in Portugal that could confirm if things are still open?

By Denise Skelton from UK on 16-03-2020 12:10

I find it absurd, no one is sick here, no one is coughing or sneezing or ging to the doctors.
All closures and empty places are in speculative prevention of something that will not happen. But will happen is that the fragile economies will tank and many will get sick from that. And loss of businesses all together and no jobs no money just huge costs to prevent a ghost. We are prepared in Portugal with great food and weather and healthy things like this. I find the feeling is like awaiting a disaster that is never coming.

By Mary M Dunn from Other on 14-03-2020 09:36

Travel from Canada to Terceira scheduled for April 23rd. Should we be concerned?

By Ken Baker from Other on 13-03-2020 02:02

Due to visit Madeira next Monday, 16 March, is it safe?

By Catherine Harden from UK on 11-03-2020 10:33

We have a holiday planned for the Algarve on March 27. Does it still look safe?

By Debbie Barker from Other on 10-03-2020 02:35

Thankyou for acting to this major threat, I sincerely hope its not to little or to late. Maybe you should extend these bans and closures to the rest of the country and borders closed to visitors.

By Joao Carlos Bastos from Other on 09-03-2020 10:49
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