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Lisbon,Aug.13,2020(Lusa)-Most of mainland Portugal will remain on alert and the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon will be in a contingency situation until the end of the month due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the government said on Thursday.

According to the government, the extension of the declaration of the contingency situation, in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon, and of alert, in the rest of the country, will be in force until the end of 31 August 2020.

However, the government introduced some changes to the rules in force until 11:59 pm on Friday, namely that the opening hours of shops in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (AML) may be changed by decision of the mayors and no longer have to open at 10 am and close at 8 pm.

The alert situation, the one in which the country was before the state of emergency was decreed on 18 March, is the lowest level of intervention provided for in the Basic Law of Civil Protection, after the situation of contingency and calamity (higher).

On Madeira, the regional government has decided to extend the calamity situation until 31 August, while in the Azores it was decided to extend the public calamity situation on the islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial (the islands that have air connections outside the archipelago), as well as the alert situation on the islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo until 24:00 on 1 September.

+++ Mainland Portugal (with the exception of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area) +++

Most of the country will remain in a state of alert, with the following restrictions in place:

- Compulsory home or hospital confinement for anyone infected with Covid-19 or subject to active surveillance.

- Physical distancing, use of mask, capacity, schedules and hygiene are maintained.

- Assemblies limited to 20 people.

- Prohibition of alcohol consumption on public roads.

- Retail and service establishments may open before 10:00.

- The rules governing the operation of restaurants are maintained, with the possibility of access to the public for new admissions until midnight, with establishments closing at 01:00.

- Bars, other drinking establishments without performances and drinks establishments with a dance space remain closed, although they may function as cafés or pastry shops, without the need to change their classification of economic activity, if the rules of the Directorate General of Health are complied with and the spaces destined for dance remain unusable for this purpose.

- Public services maintain, preferably, face-to-face attendance by appointment, and it is determined that priority attendance may be provided without prior appointment.

+++ Metropolitan Area of Lisbon +++

The Lisbon Metropolitan Area includes 18 municipalities of Greater Lisbon and the Setúbal Peninsula, namely Alcochete, Almada, Amadora, Barreiro, Cascais, Lisbon, Loures, Mafra, Moita, Montijo, Odivelas, Oeiras, Palmela, Seixal, Sesimbra, Setúbal, Sintra and Vila Franca de Xira.

This territory remains in a state of contingency and with more restrictive containment measures:

- Compulsory home or hospital confinement for anyone infected with Covid-19 or subject to active surveillance.

- Limitation of 10 persons in gatherings.

- Prohibition of consumption of alcoholic beverages in outdoor spaces.

- Prohibition of selling alcoholic beverages in service areas and fuel stations.

- The opening hours of commercial establishments may be altered by decision of the mayors of the municipalities, and the obligation to open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. shall no longer apply.

- There is no imposed closing time for fuel stations (they can operate 24 hours a day exclusively for the sale of fuel), pharmacies, funeral parlours, sports equipment, clinics, offices and veterinarians.



Agency : LUSA

Date : 2020-08-14 10:54:00


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