Sectors to reopen on 4 May will only be defined on Thursday

in News · 27-04-2020 15:23:00 · 0 Comments

The Prime Minister said today that the sectors of the economy that will resume activity on May 4 and in the following fortnight will only be defined in the Council of Ministers on Thursday.

"It will only be on the 30th that the Council of Ministers will announce the timetable for the reopening of activities," said António Costa, speaking to journalists.

Speaking today in Paços de Ferreira, in the district of Porto, where he visited a clothing company that is producing about 100,000 masks a day, the head of the Government informed that, before the council of ministers, there will be the usual meeting at INFARMED, where scientists from the Directorate-General for Health will talk about the evolution of the codiv-19 pandemic.

"This is fundamental for us to know what the timetable and what measures to take to improve the level of deflation," he said.

Even before Thursday's government meeting, António Costa will speak, on Wednesday, with representatives of the social partners and parties with parliamentary seats.

The Prime Minister said today that it is the Government's intention "to set the timetable for what may open on the 4th and 18th of May and on the 1st of June" and, at the end of May, "return to make an assessment in relation to the set of other activities".

"Every week we will evaluate, to see if the step we took was not too big and if we can continue to move forward with confidence and security in this process", he reinforced.

Costa reaffirmed that the country must be able to resume economic activity "gradually and progressively".

"In order not to take risks, we are going to take measures of deflation every 15 days, to take a measure, measure its impact, make the assessment and see if we are in a position to take the next step", he concluded.


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