Measure takes effect between 00:00 on October 30
Circulation between municipalities in mainland Portugal is prohibited between the 30th of October and the 3rd of November, that is, during the weekend corresponding to the Days of All Saints.
The decision was taken today in the Council of Ministers and announced by the Minister of the Presidency Mariana Vieira da Silva.
“Each citizen cannot move between municipalities, as happened in the past”, revealed the minister, explaining that the measure goes into effect between 00:00 on October 30th and November 3rd.
The decision to limit the movement of passengers comes just over a week after the Council of Ministers announced the return of the calamity.
Mariana Vieira da Silva also announced that the 2nd of November will be marked as a national day of mourning to pay tribute to all the deceased and victims of the covid-19 pandemic.
The minister also clarified that the rules and exceptions will be similar to those that were in force last Easter.
The Council of Ministers also approved special measures for the municipalities of Felgueiras, Lousada and Paços de Ferreira, where, in the minister’s words, “the epidemic is more active”.
In these municipalities there will be a “duty to stay at home”, with the exception of going to work and school, for example (similar to what happened with 19 parishes in Lisbon) for 15 days.
It also decrees the prohibition of any events with more than five people in these three municipalities, which all establishments must close at 10 pm, teleworking whenever possible, prohibits home visits and the holding of markets and fairs.
“These municipalities that have been the subject of additional measures are municipalities that have been under high pressure from new cases,” said Health Minister Marta Temido, referring to Felgueiras, Lousada and Paços de Ferreira. The official considers that it is the only way, for now, to reduce the spread of the disease.