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New State of Emergency Measures

Following the State of Emergency by the President of the Republic, which comes into force at 00h00 of 24 November, the Council of Ministers has established that:

  • The circulation of people on the public road is prohibited between 23h00 and 05h00 on weekdays and from 13h00 on Saturdays and Sundays. This measure applies exclusively to the municipalities with high, very high and extremely high risk of transmission of COVID-19 and includes some exceptions:
    • Travel for work purposes or equivalent, with the requirement of a declaration*. This declaration must be:
      • i) issued by the employing entity or equivalent,
      • ii) issued by oneself, in case of self-employed workers, sole proprietors and members of a statutory body, or
      • iii) a declaration of honour, in the case of workers from the agricultural, stock-farming, and fishing sectors;
    • Travel for health purposes (to healthcare facilities or pharmacies);
    • Travel for emergency sheltering of victims of domestic violence or human trafficking, as well as children and young people at risk;
    • Travel to assist vulnerable people, people with disabilities, children, parents, elderly or dependent people;
    • Travel to fulfil parental responsibilities;
    • Travel to take hygienic walks and to walks pets;
    • Travel to grocery stores and supermarkets or other establishments which sell food and hygiene products, for people and animals;
    • Travel for veterinary emergencies;
    • Travels necessary to press freedom;
    • Travel for other reasons of force majeure;
    • Return home from the travels allowed.

The following professionals do not require a declaration:

  • Health professionals and other workers from healthcare and social care institutions;
  • Officers from the national civil protection, security forces and services, military, militarized and civilian personnel of the Armed Forces, and inspectors of the Authority for Economic and Food Safety;
  • The magistrates, officers of the social partners and political parties represented in the Portuguese parliament and people with a free pass issued under the legal terms;
  • The ministers of religion, through accreditation from the competent bodies of the respective church or religious community;
  • The staff of diplomatic, consular missions and international organizations located in Portugal, as long as related to the execution of official duties;
  • The possibility of taking body temperature measurements, through non-invasive means, when entering:
    • Workplaces;
    • Educational institutions;
    • Means of transport;
    • Commercial, cultural and sporting venues.

In the case of a refusal to the measurement of the body temperature or in case the body temperature is 38.º C or higher, the access to the places previously mentioned can be prevented.

The measurement of the body temperature does not affect the right to personal data protection.

  • The possibility of demanding diagnostic tests for COVID-19 in the following situations:
    • In health facilities;
    • In residential structures;
    • In educational facilities;
    • At the entry and exit from national territory, by air or sea;
    • In detention facilities;
    • Other places, determined by the DGS (National Health Authority).
  • The possibility to request healthcare resources, means, and facilities from the private and social sectors, after an attempt of agreement and through fair compensation.
  • The mobilization of human resources to reinforce the traceability capacity (e. g. carry out epidemiological surveys, trace contacts, monitor people under active surveillance), namely:
    • Workers in prophylactic isolation;
    • Workers that belong to risk groups;
    • Teachers without teaching component;
    • Armed Forces’ military personnel.

Decree n.º 8/2020, Regulates the implementation of the state of emergency declared by the President of the Republic