Portugal moves to “state of calamity”

New regulations come into force

Image depicting state of calamity in Lisbon

The Portugal News Online reports that Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa, announced yesterday that the level of alert for the country has been officially raised to a “state of calamity”. The newspaper explained the key points relating to the new state.

From midnight tonight, Thursday, until October 31, the entire national territory will enter a state of calamity, an increase in the level of alert in the country. The calamity situation is the maximum level of intervention provided for in the Civil Protection Basic Law and has been in force in Madeira for some time.

António Costa explained that the objective of the decision to move to a state of calamity is to make it possible “to take the measures that are justified whenever necessary, from traffic restrictions to other measures that may be considered locally”.

State of calamity prohibits gatherings of more than 5 people

With the state of calamity coming into effect, public gatherings of more than five people are prohibited.

This limitation, according to the Prime Minister, also applies to spaces for public use of a commercial nature or in restaurants, with the exception of cohabitants.

Family events, such as weddings and baptisms will be limited to a maximum of 50 participants. António Costa underlined that, during these family events, “everyone will have to comply with the rules of physical distance and individual protection, such as wearing a mask”.

In further education establishments, freshman reception ceremonies and other types of festivities that involve gatherings must be avoided at all costs so that circumstances that have already occurred as a result of contamination in events of this nature are not repeated.

More inspection and heavier fines for non-compliance in stores and restaurants

The Government wants the security forces and ASAE to step up enforcement actions, both on public roads and in commercial and catering establishments.

In the event of non-compliance with the state of calamity measures, especially in stores, restaurants or other catering spaces, it was decided to increase fines of up to €10,000 to establishments that “do not ensure scrupulous compliance with the rules in force regarding capacity”.

Among the measures to combat the pandemic, the Prime Minister began by “strongly recommending to all citizens the use of a community masks in public whenever there are other people on the public road and also the use of the stayaway covid application and communication through it whenever there is a positive test ”.

A law has also been proposed by the Prime Minister, which the Government expects to be approved by Parliament, calling for it be made mandatory to wear a mask in public areas and to use the stayaway covid application in work and school contexts.

Thus, according to António Costa, the executive will ask Parliament to approve “an urgent procedure to impose the mandatory use of masks in public and also the use of the stayaway covid application in work, school and academic contexts, in the Armed Forces and Security Forces and in the whole of the public administration”.

Politico.eu reports that “The success of our fight against this pandemic depends on the personal behaviour of each one of us,” said Prime Minister António Costa, as he announced the package of new measures under the state of calamity.

Portugal is faring better than most western European nations in containing the virus. But the country registered it’s highest daily number of new cases since the pandemic began Wednesday, with 2,072. Health Minister Marta Temido warned, “we’re in a growth situation that will tend to get worse over the coming days, » as she announced the figures at the Ministry’s daily briefing. There have been more than 1,000 new registered cases a day for the past week, over four times levels seen over the summer.

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