New Rules into force to combat Covid-19 in Portutal. Confinement returns and preventive measures are mandatory in 19 Parishes. Failing to comply will be fined up to 5,000 Euros.

Fines have already come into force for those who do not comply with the rules imposed by the DGS to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

It was from 00:00 on this Saturday that fines between 100 and 500 euros began to be imposed on individuals and between 1000 and 5000 euros on companies and groups that violate the rules of physical distance, use of a mask in closed spaces, capacity, schedules, hygiene, limits on gatherings and prohibition of consumption and / or sale of alcohol on public roads. The announcement was made this Thursday by the Prime Minister, António Costa, at the end of the meeting of the Council of Ministers.

The sanctioning framework was approved in order to regulate the lifting of confinement in most of the country and its transition to alertness, the lowest level of exception, and to curb the number of new positive cases of Covid-19, especially in 19 parishes in the Lisbon region, where the state of calamity will be maintained. “More freedom implies more responsibility and a heavier pulse for the security forces,” maintained Costa, revealing that “there will be police reinforcement on the streets”.

The country is currently divided into three pandemic speeds: alertness, contingency and calamity. 19 parishes in the Metropolitan Area of ​​Lisbon returned to the state of calamity after a significant increase in these cases.
Continental Portugal (with the exception of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area)

Most of the country becomes alert, with the following restrictions coming into effect:

– Mandatory home or hospital confinement for people infected with covid-19 or subject to active surveillance.

– The rules of physical distance, use of mask, capacity, schedules and hygiene are maintained.

– Gatherings limited to 20 people.

– Prohibition of alcohol consumption on public roads.

Lisbon Metropolitan Area

The Metropolitan Area of ​​Lisbon will be in a contingency state, with the Government decreeing more restrictive confinement measures:

– Mandatory home or hospital confinement for people infected with covid-19 or subject to active surveillance.

– Limitation of 10 people in the gatherings.

– Prohibition of consumption of alcoholic beverages in outdoor spaces.

– Prohibition on selling alcoholic beverages in service areas and gas stations

– Most commercial establishments must close at 20:00.

– Hypermarkets and supermarkets can remain open until 22:00, but cannot sell alcohol after 20:00.

– Restaurants can operate beyond 8 pm for on-site meals (both inside establishments and on licensed terraces), take-away or home delivery.

– No closing time is imposed for fuel supply services (they can operate 24 hours a day exclusively for the sale of fuel), pharmacies, funeral homes, sports equipment, clinics, offices and veterinarians.

19 parishes in the municipalities of Lisbon, Sintra, Amadora, Odivelas and Loures

The Government decreed that 19 parishes in five municipalities in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area will continue in a state of calamity: Santa Clara (Lisbon), the four parishes in the municipality of Odivelas (Odivelas and the parish unions of Pontinha and Famões, Póvoa de Santo Adrião and Olival Basto, and Ramada and Caneças), the six parishes in the municipality of Amadora (Alfragide, Águas Livres, Encosta do Sol, Water Mine, Venteira and Union of Parishes of Falagueira and Venda Nova), six parishes of Sintra (unions of parishes of Queluz and Belas, Massamá and Monte Abraão, Cacém and São Marcos, Agualva and Mira Sintra, Algueirão-Mem Martins and the parish of Rio de Mouro) and two parishes of Loures (unions of parishes of Sacavém and Prior Velho, and Camarate, Unhos and Appeal).

In these parishes special containment measures were imposed:

– The “civic duty of home collection” is imposed, that is, people should only leave the house to go to work, go shopping, play sports or provide assistance to family members.

– Gatherings are limited to five people.

– Fairs and uprising markets are prohibited.

– Reinforcement of mandatory containment surveillance by joint Civil Protection, Social Security and Community Health teams.

– The Healthy Neighborhoods Program, coordinated by architect Helena Roseta, will be implemented to improve living conditions.

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