Lisbon cases prompt new lockdown measures

in News · 26-06-2020 01:00:00 · 13 Comments

The Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (AML) is now subject to more restrictive measures in an attempt to contain new Covid-19 cases.

The new rules mean that there is once again a limit of a gathering of a maximum of 10 people, unless they belong to the same family, “the access, circulation or permanence of people in spaces frequented by the public, as well as the concentrations of people on the public road” in the AML.
“All retail and service establishments, as well as those in commercial units”, are to now close at 8pm in the AML, according to the new resolution approved by the government.
The only exception is restaurants, “exclusively for the purpose of serving meals in the establishment itself”, and also restaurants with a take-away service or home delivery service, “which cannot supply alcoholic beverages within the scope of this activity”.
The sale of alcoholic beverages is also prohibited “in service areas or at fuel filling stations” by AML.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages is also prohibited “in open spaces of public access”, except on the terraces of properly licensed restaurants and drinks establishments, which can only be kept open until 8pm.
The new rules also highlighs the reinforcement of the operational activity of the AML security and service forces and rescue services, which, if necessary, “can be reinforced” by “personnel from other geographical areas, in conjunction with the municipal structure of civil protection”.
“Whoever does not respect any of these four rules, and as a result of the first violation, the crime of disobedience will be determined. The person indicated will be immediately fined,” a government source told Lusa.
AML is integrated by the municipalities of Alcochete, Almada, Amadora, Barreiro, Cascais, Lisbon, Loures, Mafra, Moita, Montijo, Odivelas, Oeiras, Palmela, Seixal, Sesimbra, Setúbal, Sintra and Vila Franca de Xira.
On 25 June, the Government is to approve, in the Council of Ministers, the list of administrative offenses applicable to situations of non-compliance with the containment rules.
The executive will also specify which parishes in the municipalities of Lisbon, Sintra, Amadora, Loures and Odivelas are the target of reinforcement measures in terms of civil protection.
Prime Minister, António Costa, referred to a provisional estimate of 15 parishes in these five municipalities in the northern area of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area.
The Prime Minister met on 22 June in São Bento with the mayors of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, Sintra, Basílio Horta, Loures, Bernardino Soares, Odivelas, Hugo Martins, and Amadora, Carla Tavares, as well as representatives of health authorities.
This meeting, which lasted more than four hours, was also attended by the Ministers of Internal Administration, Eduardo Cabrita, and Minister of Health, Marta Temido, as well as the Secretary of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Duarte Cordeiro, who coordinates by the executive the fight against Covid-19 in the region of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo.
Based on the bulletins released by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) between 7 and 21 June, the municipalities of Amadora, Lisbon, Loures, Odivelas and Sintra accumulated 50.2 percent of the total new cases in this period in Portugal, representing a total of 4,440 .
Sintra, with 695 new infections, was the most affected municipality, followed by Lisbon with 521, Loures with 414, Amadora with 397, and Odivelas with 203.
The numbers in these five counties, which bring together approximately 1.4 million inhabitants, correspond to a ratio of 154 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants - a value three and a half times higher than that verified throughout the country, which stood at 43.3.
Amadora is, in this indicator, the most affected municipality, with 219 new infections per 100 thousand inhabitants in the last two weeks, ahead of Loures with 196, Sintra with 179, Odivelas with 128, and Lisbon with 103.
The capital is the one that has the record closest to the average of the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon, which added 3,055 new cases in the period analysed (68.8 percent of the total), which corresponds to about 107 per 100 thousand inhabitants, in a region with a population of around 2.8 million.
With 83.1 percent of new infections registered between 7 and 21 June, that is, 3,689, the region of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo presents a ratio of 101 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, in a population of approximately 3.6 million.


If people from Lisbon are incapable of understanding and respecting restrictions.

This is the problem right here. The Europeans are incapable of listening to instructions, each and every country.

By Jay from USA on 13-07-2020 07:56

Lockdown Completely for 2 months, Complete means Completely. Mask should be Mandatory. Economy can wait. Life is more important than economy, but these small businesss owners will not understand. Netherlands folks are stupid for not wearing a mask.

By Jay from USA on 13-07-2020 07:23

Sirs, this article is very misleading. While it is true the Cascais makes up part of the greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area (AML) it is not subject to the same lockdown measures as the 5 named municipalities. This kind of irresponsible reporting is damaging to local businesses who are doing their utmost to get back on their feet and this sensational headline in order to sell papers is not helpful in the least to us. We are under new restrictions yes, but there is no lockdown in Cascais.
Regards, Nicola Duarte

By Nicola from Lisbon on 08-07-2020 09:09

I agree with Guilherme, locking down too soon in densely populated areas is just delaying the inevitable rise in cases. Also masks, despite being touted as a solution have shown to make little difference. Look for instance at the Netherlands where nobody is wearing masks and the virus has been under control.

By Arend from Other on 01-07-2020 08:06

The whole virus hysteria is fake, created for polictical reasons, in Sweden no lockdowns, no state of emergencys and now Sweden is bullied and harassed for standing up and protecting freedom of movement, freedom of speech and basic rights.

Can someone in Portuguese health system explain to me where is the 2020 season flu?

In 2019 more people died in Portugal from season flu then from Corona virus, it was no state of emergency in 2019.

By Nils from Other on 01-07-2020 02:26

I am amazed that there is no news about the lockdown starting on July 1st in greater Lisbon,this was announced last Thursday by the PM!.Residents of the 19 districts will be back on lockdown meaning only being allowed out to go to work or to buy essential shopping.This has been published in many foreign news outlets but nothing mentioned in a 'news' site ironically called 'The Portugal News'!.

By Dave from Algarve on 28-06-2020 07:22

Here in the US we are gradually opening up but people don't seem to understand that we still need to follow social distancing guidelines and wearing masks. As soon as we opened people went crazy as if the virus was over and now the infection rate is again spiking. The riots and protests also didn't help because social distancing was thrown out the window.

By Tony B from USA on 27-06-2020 07:50

Muy buenas la información, pero lo que veo es que Portugal no es solamente el continente, está la isla de Madeira y Azores, y les recuerdo que madeira fue Portugal primero que el continente,muchas gracias por su información.

By José Joaquim melim de sousa from Madeira on 27-06-2020 03:05

Is the town of Cascais included in the restriction area?

By Peter McNair from Lisbon on 27-06-2020 11:10

The probable reason for this happening, isn't so much bad behaviour that's happening all across Europe. It's that Portugal and especially Lisbon closed far too early. Having very low numbers of people infected and thus immune. So when they opened up it spread much more than in the north that had many more cases.

We toured that we closed so early but this was our mistake.

By Guilherme from Lisbon on 27-06-2020 09:40

The Portugal news is the best way for the true information to the public. Here I am just one topic to share because it is very important and if not stopped then maybe more risk in covid19

In vilamoura some restaurant owner's every evening nearly 6 pm send their employees with the flyers on the streets and without any safety clients are very scared but just because of some money they put everyone in the risk of covid 19. I already compliant about this many times but no result I request to The Portugal News please cover this news and help to stop the risk of covid19

Thanks & Regards
Manish Bawa

By Manish Bawa from Algarve on 26-06-2020 06:11

Which is the Government website with this announcement?

By Robert Paynter from UK on 26-06-2020 12:19

If people from Lisbon are incapable of understanding and respecting restrictions , then they should be punished , as they are putting the whole country at risk. Sorry to say city dwellers across the globe seem incapable of understanding the problems they are creating

By Paul R from Other on 26-06-2020 11:09
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