The majority of mainland Portugal entered this Tuesday at 00h in a situation of alert due to the pandemic of Covid-19, with the exception of the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon, where 19 parishes remain in a situation of calamity and the rest are contingent.
Mainland Portugal was thus divided into three alert levels to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, with most of the country being placed on alert, while the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (AML) for contingency (intermediate level) and 19 parishes in five municipalities of AML maintain the state of calamity.
Prime Minister António Costa has already warned that the country will remain on alert until the Covid-19 pandemic is over.
The alert situation, the one in which the country found itself before the state of emergency was declared on March 18, is the lowest level of intervention provided for in the Civil Protection Bases Act, after the contingency and calamity situation ( higher).
In 19 parishes in five municipalities of AML, where the greatest focus of infections has been concentrated, the calamity situation will continue until at least July 14, with special confinement measures imposed, such as the “civic duty of home collection ”, that is, people should only leave the house to go to work, go shopping, play sports or provide assistance to family members, and prohibition of gatherings with more than five people.
In these parishes, fairs and uprising markets are also prohibited, surveillance of mandatory confinements by joint teams of Civil Protection, Social Security and Community Health will be reinforced and the Healthy Neighborhoods Program, coordinated by architect Helena Roseta, will be implemented to improve habitability conditions.
In the remaining parishes of AML, which are going to be in a contingency situation, they will also have additional measures, namely closing at 8:00 pm of commercial establishments, a ban on the sale of alcohol at service stations and gatherings limited to 10 people.
In most of mainland Portugal, mandatory confinement for patients with Covid-19 and people under surveillance, rules on physical distance, use of a mask, gatherings limited to 20 people and prohibition of alcohol consumption on public roads are maintained.
Since last Saturday, a new regime of infractions has been in force for those who violate the rules established in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, such as gatherings or consuming alcoholic beverages on the street, with fines ranging from 100 to 500 euros for individuals and from 1,000 to 5,000 euros for legal entities.
The land borders between Portugal and Spain, which had been closed since March 16, were reopened at 23:59 on Tuesday.
Portugal has been in a calamity situation since May 3 due to the pandemic, after three consecutive periods in a state of emergency for 45 days.
According to the epidemiological bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health, the number of deaths in Portugal related to Covid-19 amounts to 1,576 people while the confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic total 42,141 infected.