Madeira sets a 100 passenger a week cap

in News · 30-03-2020 10:23:00 · 1 Comments

Passengers disembarking at Cristiano Ronaldo Airport, on the island of Madeira, are to be reduced to a hundred people per week, a measure that takes effect at 00:00 on Tuesday, announced the Regional Government today.

This was one of the measures announced by Miguel Albuquerque in a videoconference aimed at announcing more restrictive actions to contain the increase in cases of people infected with covid-19 in the region, which on Saturday were 34.

"As of 00:00 on Tuesday, [a determination is made] to reduce the number of passengers disembarked at airports in the Autonomous Region of Madeira by a maximum number of 100 passengers per week, regardless of the number of companies operating, and all disembarked passengers will fulfil the mandatory 14-day quarantine in a hotel ", established the Regional Government executive.

With regard to economic activities, the Regional Government decided to cease all non-essential economic activities for 14 days, also starting at 00:00 on Tuesday.

"This measure aims to ensure greater and more effective containment of citizens," said Miguel Albuquerque, exemplifying that the measure covers, for example, civil construction and kiosks selling newspapers and magazines.

Also from that date, there will be an increase in hotel units to accommodate suspected cases of the new coronavirus, which will have to remain in mandatory confinement for 14 days in these spaces, being monitored by the regional health authorities.

The hotels are Quinta do Lorde and D. Pedro, in the municipality of Machico, Vila Galé (Santa Cruz), Quinta do Sol (in Funchal) and Praia Dourada (on the island of Porto Santo).

The leader of the island executive, from the PSD / CDS coalition, also announced the reorganization of the Regional Health System, stressing that "the mobility of professionals between existing health units is impeded, as a way of preventing the spread of the disease among professionals".

With regard to the reinforcement of security measures with a view to restricting circulation and gatherings, Miguel Albuquerque revealed that the Regional Government will ask the security forces "to reinforce control measures, both for the movement of people and vehicles and gatherings with more than two people ".

"All these measures are known and are agreed by the representative of the Republic for the Autonomous Region of Madeira", he observed.

"We live in difficult times that demand exceptional measures for exceptional situations, it is our survival as a society that is at stake", he stressed.


Very authoritarian... This should not be necessary on a small island. Especially if only 100 people can come in per week and put in 14 days quarantine anyway. Better to get to herd immunization quickly.

By Thomas Wissmann from Lisbon on 30-03-2020 01:24
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