Family members able to attend funerals again from Monday

in News · 01-05-2020 11:06:00 · 0 Comments

The presence of family members at funerals will be allowed again from Monday and community religious ceremonies will return, with limitations, at the end of May, according to a calendar for reopening Portugal approved by the Council of Ministers.

The plan, presented by Prime Minister António Costa at a press conference, foresees that the holding of funerals will allow the presence of the relatives of the deceased to take place, without specifically defining a limit for attendance for these ceremonies.

The prime minister said that for funerals “the rule that it is incumbent on mayors as local civil protection authorities to define the maximum number of people who can attend a funeral” remains, but considered that in some cases “ this has been excessive ”.

“We recognize that the rules that have been in force in some parts of the territory have been excessive for what is the respect that we must have for the memory of those we have lost, for the respect and attention that we also deserve that mourns the loss of a loved one, who this limit will not allow limiting the number of family members. And therefore, family members will be able to attend and participate in the funeral ceremonies of any loved one they may lose, ”said António Costa.

Regarding community religious ceremonies, the Government's plan foresees the resumption of community ceremonies in the last weekend of May, according to rules defined by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

“In the dialogue we have had with religious denominations, it was established that, in terms of the dialogue that each one has been maintaining with the DGS, taking into account, from the outset, the specific characteristics of the respective temples or places of worship, of the very forms of services that are distinct in each of the religious denominations, measures will be taken to allow restrictions on community celebrations in any religion to be lifted from the weekend of May 30th to 31st, ”said the prime minister.


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