In this article you will find the summary of what was expressed in the Facebook Live of Thursday April 30th, 2020 on the “End of the State of Emergency in Portugal” that you can see and listen by clicking on the following link. (only in Italian).
The Portuguese government has established that on Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 the State of Emergency stage which had begun on March 16th will effectively end, moving to a new phase of recovery and gradual but progressive return to normality called State of Public Calamity.
Portuguese Prime Minister Dr. Costa explained that this step does not mean that the emergency is over but rather indicates the desire to apply measures proportionated to the real number of infections and deaths in the country imputable to the Covid-19 epidemy. He also stressed the that the amendment can be modified or revoked at any time if the number of infections would increase.
These are his words:
“The return to full normality will only be possible when there will be a vaccine. In the meantime, we will put the rules of social distancing and social protection into practice for a long time to come. If things start to go wrong we will take a step back. Nobody has to think that if it is necessary to take a step back, we will not do it.”
Practically speaking, this step will allow a gradual and progressive reopening of the economy and a restart of free circulation within the country. In order for these conditions to be applicable will be necessary that there is a wide availability of protective material in the country (Costa has specified that the use of the masks will be mandatory for many months); public areas such as shops and means of public transportation will be subject to strict sanitation rules and ultimately keep the national health system strong and responsive. The economic aid measures provided for during the State of Emergency will also be suspended or canceled progressively.
What will change and how will the transition develop?
Three fundamental stages have been arranged and will take place on May 4th , May 18th and June 1st.
PHASE 1 – MAY 4th
- Travelling between different municipalities will be allowed
- Reopening of small businesses, with priority to those with the entrance directly on the road and with an area of less than 200 sq
- Reopening of hairdressers, barbers, car shops and services with customer reception but with limited access in terms of number of people
- Libraries, book shops and archives
- The circulation of buses will be allowed
- Individual sports activities such as tennis and golf
- The ability to access professional offices (lawyers, notaries, accountants) in limited numbers and by appointment
PHASE 2 – MAY 18th
- Reopening of small businesses, with priority to those with the entrance directly on the road with an area of less than 400 sq
- Reopening of restaurants, cafes, bars and museums
- Visits to monuments are allowed
- Reopening of nurseries
- Access to school for those that have final exams
- Conferral of authority to municipalities to establish the possible opening or closing of other business and areas
PHASE 3 – JUNE 1st
- Reopening of small businesses, with priority to those with entry directly on the road with an area greater than 400 sq
- Reopening of kindergartens, pre and after school activities
- Reopening of public offices
- Reopening of shopping centers
- Cinemas and theaters (limited capacity)
- Permission for sport events but without audience
- Team sports are allowed
This draft is subject to possible changes and still awaiting full approval by all governing parties. But it already allows you to have clear ideas on many aspects of this change.
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As always, we attach the official document from which we extracted the above.