The Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa, announced this Saturday the new restrictions that will come into force as of November 24 due to an increase “extremely worrying” of Covid-19 cases in recent weeks, so in some areas the curfew will be tightened.
During a press conference held tonight at the Ajuda Palace in Lisbon, Costa announced that the use of a mask will be mandatory – it was already so on public roads. in the work centers, unless the minimum distance is met or the employee works alone.
He advanced that they will make fiscal controls in those in companies who do not comply with telework, Mandatory in all regions that have more than 240 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
In addition, they have decided suspend classes in all educational centers in the country on November 30 and December 7, since in Portugal it is a public holiday on December 1 and 8.
The Portuguese Prime Minister appealed to the private sector to suspend working hours on November 30 and December 7.
On these two holidays, December 1 and 8, there will also be forbidden to circulate between the regions of the country.
The curfew for all regions with more than 240 cases per 100,000 inhabitants It is held from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on daily days and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on weekends.
However, between November 27 and December 2 and December 5 to 9, the curfew will be the same throughout the country and will apply between 23:00 and 05:00 hours.
In any region with more than 240 positives, commercial establishments have to close at 10:00 p.m. and cultural centers at 10:30 p.m.
In addition, in 127 regions of the country, where there are more than 480 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, including Porto and Lisbon, the curfew for weekends and holidays will be between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., while commercial establishments will have to close from 3:00 p.m. on November 30 and December 7.
According to Costa, there are 65 regions at high risk (more than 240 cases), 80 at very high risk (more than 480 cases) and 47 at extremely high risk (more than 960 cases).
Another 65 counties are in a moderate situation, with less than 240 cases.
The Portuguese parliament decided on Friday to renew the state of emergency as of next Tuesday, November 24, for another 15 days, a day in which the restrictions announced today by Costa will also begin to apply.
These restrictive measures will be reviewed every 15 days, coinciding with the vote on the renewal of the state of emergency, which is the level of highest risk in the country.
Costa also announced that they have been enabled 750 million euros non-refundable funds to help the economic sectors most affected by the pandemic and that quarterly VAT payments and interest-free social security contributions may be deferred.
“There is a slowdown in the rate of growth, but you have to make an effort to achieve the desired result, “said Costa.
Portugal adds since the beginning of the pandemic 255,970 infected and 3,824 deceased and on the last day there were 61 deaths and 6,472 positives.