In 121 Portuguese municipalities (“concelhos”), mainly the more densely populated ones with a higher rate of coronacases, new measures were implemented on November 4th. In the Algarve only one municipality, São Bras de Alportel, has these measures. A map and a full list of all concelhos you can find at the bottom of this article.
From Monday November 9th onwards a preventive and limited State of Emergency ("estado de emergência") is declared. In the words of the president a "very limited one", lets say a "State of Emergency light". A lockdown is not foreseen and will be avoided at all cost. This state of emergency makes it possible for example to create a fast cooperation between state and private hospitals. Addittional per November 9th is a curfew for the below listed 121 municipalities.
What is different in those 121 municipalities/concelhos?
> People should stay home as much as possible. There are a few exceptions (work, education, medical).
> Working from home is mandatory unless really not possible.
> Shops will close latest at 22h00, restaurants will close latest at 22h30.
> Curfew on weekdays from 23h-05h and on Saturdays&Sundays from 13h-05h. During curfew hours restaurants are closed but can deliver meals.
> No more than 6 people at one table in a restaurant.
Note: during the curfew, you may go out to buy groceries and medicine, walk the dog, take small walks, work (with employer's statement), provide assistance to others and for emergencies.
The “second wave” of corona isn´t half as heavy in Portugal as it is in Northern Europe. Especially in the Algarve numbers are low.
But just like in March the Portuguese government is quick in defining measures to contain the virus, and the Portuguese people in large majority understand this and accept this. Compared to many other countries in Europe, the measures are in fact not that restrictive. The new measures of November are valid in “only 121” municipalities, but affect 70% of the population. For now these new measures and the state of emergency are valid until November 23rd, though likely they will be extended.
List of municipalities with the new measures:
*** Algarve ***
São Brás de Alportel
*** Alentejo ***
Alcácer do Sal, Beja, Borba, Estremoz, Redondo, Sines, Viana do Alentejo, Vila Viçosa
*** Lisboa e Vale do Tejo ***
Alcochete, Alenquer, Almada, Amadora, Arruda dos Vinhos, Azambuja, Benavente, Barreiro, Cadaval, Cartaxo, Cascais, Chamusca, Constância, Lisboa, Loures, Mafra, Moita, Montijo, Odivelas, Oeiras, Palmela, Rio Maior, Santarém, Sardoal, Seixal, Sesimbra, Setúbal, Sintra, Sobral de Monte Agraço, Vila Franca de Xira
*** Norte ***
Alfândega da Fé, Alijó, Amarante, Amares, Arouca, Baião, Barcelos, Braga, Bragança, Cabeceiras de Basto, Caminha, Castelo de Paiva, Celorico de Basto, Chaves, Cinfães, Espinho, Esposende, Fafe, Felgueiras, Gondomar, Guimarães, Lousada, Macedo de Cavaleiros, Maia, Marco de Canaveses, Matosinhos, Mesão Frio, Mogadouro, Moimenta da Beira, Mondim de Basto, Murça, Oliveira de Azeméis, Paços de Ferreira, Paredes, Paredes de Coura, Penafiel, Peso da Régua, Ponte de Lima, Porto, Póvoa de Varzim, Póvoa do Lanhoso, Ribeira de Pena, Sabrosa, Santa Maria da Feira, Santa Marta de Penaguião, Santo Tirso, São João da Madeira, São João da Pesqueira, Tabuaço, Trofa, Vale de Cambra, Valença, Valongo, Viana do Castelo, Vila do Conde, Vila Flor, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Vila Nova de Gaia, Vila Pouca de Aguiar, Vila Real, Vila Verde, Vizela
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