António Costa presented this afternoon the new measures for the state of emergency which will enter into force next Wednesday 9 and will continue until 23 December, extending the measures until 7 January.
For the next two weekends, the ban on driving on public roads continues from 1 p.m. in municipalities at very high and extreme risk.
The traffic measures to be adopted in public spaces and at workplaces remain the same as those in force, according to the assessment of the contagion risks of the various municipalities.
At Christmas, unlike what happens this weekend, there can be traffic between municipalities, on December 23, 24, 25 and 26.
On the nights of December 24 and 25, traffic is permitted until 2 a.m. the next day.
During the Christmas season, restaurants can operate on the nights of the 24th and 25th until 1am, and on the 26th they can serve lunches until 3.30pm.
On New Year’s Eve, traffic is allowed until 2 a.m. on the 1st of the morning, but public or open parties are not allowed, nor is it allowed for gatherings on public roads with more than six people.
On January 1, there is freedom of movement until 11 p.m. In other words, there are also exceptions to the usual curfew.
Regarding catering, he can operate on the 31st and keep the doors open until 1am on the 1st, and on the 1st, serve lunches until 3.30pm.
These measures, adds the Prime Minister, can however be reviewed on December 18, date of the decision to renew the state of emergency, taking into account the evolution of the epidemiological situation of the country.
António Costa calls on families to “avoid encounters with many people”, with long periods without a mask and “in closed, small or poorly ventilated spaces”. “It is important that this is a Christmas of sharing”, he said, but that “it is not a time of involuntary transmission of the virus”.
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“It is essential that this Christmas is a Christmas of sharing, but that in this sharing there is no involuntary transmission of the virus,” said António Costa.
“What the pandemic has shown us today is that every time we increase the restrictions, we control the pandemic”, so António Costa believes that, on the 18th, some of the measures can be revised.
“I hope on the 18th we can be here saying: it was worth it so we will have a safe Christmas and New Year,” he said. But leave a warning. If the epidemiological scenario changes and there is an exponential growth of the pandemic, “then we must apply the hand brake,” he warns.
Call for the organization of Christmas
The measures will be evaluated in the coming weeks but the Prime Minister’s expectation is “in two weeks to say that we are even better”. “We want to cause the least disruption, but we never fail to adopt the necessary measures in the event of a worsening of the pandemic,” warns António Costa.
“We call on all families to take the greatest care in organizing their Christmas,” he said, believing that the Portuguese have been “exemplary” in respecting safety rules to avoid the risk of contagion .
“No one can let their guard down, the battle continues and until the 18th we must continue to work to continue reducing the incidence of the pandemic, so that on the 18th we can say that we are better off than on December 5th. and, yes, we can have a safe Christmas, ”the Prime Minister said.
The President of the Republic decreed on Friday the renewal of the state of emergency in Portugal for 15 additional days, until 11:59 p.m. on December 23, in order to allow measures to contain the covid-19 epidemic.
The current state of emergency began on November 24 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on the following Tuesday, December 8. The renewal takes effect from Wednesday, December 9 at midnight.
Measures of the decree establishing a new state of emergency
The decree essentially maintains the rules currently in force and establishes special measures for the Christmas and New Year periods. Thus, the government decided:
Maintain the current rules in force and adapt their application according to the risk of transmission of Covid-19 in each municipality – moderate, high, very high and extreme. Note: maintenance of the ban on driving on public roads on weekends from December 12 to 13 and from December 19 to 20, from 1:00 p.m. in very high and extreme risk municipalities. Update the list of municipalities at risk and its distribution between the different levels. You can consult the list of the region and the country here On December 18, review the risk map and reassess the epidemiological situation of each municipality, proceeding, if necessary, to worsen the measures.
For the Christmas period: Traffic between municipalities: Traffic on public roads: Night from 23 to 24: only authorized for travelers; Days 24 and 25: authorized until 2 am the next day; Day 26: allowed until 11 p.m. Opening hours: On 24 and 25 nights, restaurants are allowed until 1 a.m. On the 26th, restaurants are allowed until 3:30 p.m. in very high risk and very high risk counties. the closing dates do not apply to cultural establishments. For the New Year period: Movement between municipalities: prohibited between midnight on December 31 and 5 a.m. on January 4. Traffic on public roads: New Year’s Eve: authorized until 2 am; January 1: authorized until 11 p.m. Opening hours: On the night of the 31st, the restaurant is authorized to open until 1 a.m. On January 1, the restaurant is authorized until 3:30 p.m. in very high and extreme risk communities. or open to the public.
Prohibit gatherings on public roads for more than 6 people.
The government also decided to recommend avoiding gathering too many people; being without a mask for a long time; and use closed, small and poorly ventilated spaces.