Portugal’s state of emergency” ends

… and moves to a “state of calamity”

GNR stop traffic during Portugal's state of emergency

Portugal’s state of emergency officially ended yesterday as infections drop sharply and the country prepares to substantially ease a strict lockdown imposed in mid-January to tackle what was then the world’s worst increase in infections. The state of emergency legally allowed the government to impose tough lockdown measures and suspend people’s rights and freedoms.

“Without a state of emergency, it is necessary to maintain or adopt all essential measures to prevent setbacks. If necessary, I will not hesitate to move forward with a new state of emergency”

President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, in a televised address on Tuesday.

Portugal will now transition to a “state of calamity”, the next level down, which still allows the government to impose some measures to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading again, but the rules it can put in place are more limited and must be justified.

A new tab has been added to the top of each page with a link to resources dealing with COVID-19 in Madeira – this covers the latest government regulations on travel to the island, how to get a PCR test, and many other links that will be useful to people wanting to travel to and from Madeira.

COVID-19 in Madeira: daily updates can be found on an earlier post.

Vaccinations in Madeira: previous updates can be found on an earlier post.

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