Portugal: Country in new state of emergency for next two weeks

Portugal has been in a new state of emergency since 00:00 on Tuesday due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with the 278 municipalities on the mainland now divided into four groups, depending on the levels of risk of transmission.

The new state of emergency, which will last until 23:59 on 8 December, imposes new measures depending on the level of risk per municipality, which may be “moderate,” “high”, “very high” or “extremely high”, as well as restrictions for the whole country.

The general measures for the whole country include a ban on movement between municipalities between 23:00 on 27 November and 05:00 on 2 December and between 23:00 on 4 December and 23:59 on 8 December.

On the eve of the holidays there will be no classes and the civil service will be given the day off. The government has also called on the private sector to give workers time off in these two days

Masks are now compulsory in the workplace.

In the 127 municipalities classified as “extremely high” and “very high” risk, the curfew will continue to be in force between 23:00 and 05:00 on working days, as well as between 13:00 and 05:00 on the weekend of 28 and 29 November, on the weekend of 05 and 06 December, and on the holidays of 01 and 08 December.

On the eve of the holidays, shops will be closed from 15:00 on these 127 municipalities.

The 47 municipalities with more than 960 cases per 100,000 inhabitants are those classified as “extremely high” risk, while the 80 municipalities with “very high” risk, between 480 and 960 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

In the 86 municipalities considered to be at “high risk” (between 240 and 480 cases per 100,000 inhabitants) a curfew will be enforced between 23:00 and 05:00 on the seven days of the week.

On working days, shops continue to close at 22:00, with the exception of restaurants, cultural facilities and sports facilities which may close at 22:30.

The 65 municipalities with an incidence of less than 240 cases per 100,000 inhabitants are on the list of moderate risk.