Portugal has declared a state of emergency and adopted new restrictive measures internally

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Until class 23:59 on November 23, 2020 (with the possibility of extension), is decreed State of Emergency throughout the national territory (according to Decree no. 51-U / 2020 / 6.11.2020). The provisions of the Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 96-B / 2020 / 12.11.2020, which established the calamity situation.

In these circumstances, the Portuguese authorities have adopted new restrictive measures internally in the fight against the new coronavirus.

Measures applicable throughout Portuguese territory (including in the 121 territorial units where special measures are required):

Mandatory use of the mask throughout the national territory (including the Madeira and Azores archipelagos), for access, movement or stay in public spaces and roads.

It is mandatory to use the mask by people over the age of 10, whenever it is not possible to keep the physical distance recommended by the health authorities. The measure entered into force on 28 October 2020, for a period of 70 days, to be reassessed.

Prohibition of traffic on public roads between 23:00 and 05:00, respectively on Saturdays and Sundays, between 13:00 and 05:00, with the related exceptions.

They may be tested for SARS-VOC-2 infection: employees, patients and visitors to the units for the provision of medical services and residential structures for the elderly; employees, students and visitors of education and training institutions and higher education institutions; the employees of the penitentiary units and of the General Directorate of Reintegration and Penitentiary Services, the detainees and the young people from the educational centers and the respective visitors; those wishing to enter or leave the continental national territory or the Autonomous Regions by air or sea; those who want access to other locations, determined by the General Directorate of Health;

In general, the need for mandatory isolation of persons infected with SARS-CoV-2 or under active observation remains.

Limiting groups of people to 5 in spaces frequented by the public (except for those belonging to a family and where other specific rules are laid down).

It is recommended to use the mobile application StayAwayCOVID.

All over Portugal the rule of limiting the occupancy to 2/3 of private vehicles with a capacity of more than five seats is in force, unless all occupants belong to the same family. Passengers are required to wear a mask or visor.

Occupancy and physical distance rules: keeping a physical distance of 2 meters and establishing the capacity to occupy the spaces using the criterion of 0,05 people per m2, avoiding parking indoors, preferably prior appointments.

It is forbidden to consume alcoholic beverages in open spaces with the public and on public roads, except for the outdoor areas of the restaurant and beverage establishments, duly authorized for this purpose.

The sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited, starting at 20.00, in retail outlets, including supermarkets and hypermarkets.

It is forbidden to consume alcoholic beverages in restaurants after 20.00:XNUMX, except for catering services. Limiting to 6 the number of people in each group in restaurants, throughout the national territory, unless they belong to a family.

It is forbidden to carry out in academic units (universities and polytechnics) all academic ceremonies and recreational or recreational activities. 

The Government is constantly evaluating the application of the sanctions framework applied for non-compliance with the measures in force, which constitutes a crime of civic disobedience.

The activities of retail and service units are permitted

At present, in compliance with specific health safety measures (compulsory use of masks, reserved seats, reduced capacity and physical distance), is allowed, among others, the activity of retail and service units (shopping malls, shops, restaurants, cafes, beauty salons, etc.) and the activity of libraries, museums, monuments, art galleries, theaters, cinemas, auditoriums, performance halls, fitness rooms, gambling halls, casinos and the like.

It is possible to organize fairs and markets provided that specific rules are followed. It is also allowed to perform religious ceremonies, in compliance with the rules established by the Directorate General for Health. Party rooms, amusement parks and children's playgrounds, as well as other similar venues, game rooms and bookmakers, bars and similar spaces remain closed. Parades, folk parties, folklore or other events held in outdoor public spaces are prohibited.

East authorized air traffic to and from Portugal of all flights to and from the Member States of the European Union, from the Schengen Associated States (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland) and from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, in accordance with the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement between the European Union and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandThe specific health measures are re-evaluated according to the decisions taken at the level of these states.

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