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News from afpop - Tuesday 23rd June update

Michael Reeve - 24-06-2020

News from afpop - Tuesday 23rd June update

Included in this briefing: 1. Odiáxere party, 2. Lisbon restrictions, 3. Masks and visors.

Included in this briefing:

1.            Odiáxere party

2.            Lisbon restrictions

3.            Masks and visors

I hope you are all well and keeping safe. As always if English or German are not your first language and you need clarification on any of the information included in this mailing, please contact the afpop office to ask for assistance. 

Odiáxere (Lagos): As you will all know, the result of an illegal gathering in Odiáxere earlier this month resulted in a significant increase in Algarve Covid-19 cases (111, 19 of which were children) and a large testing initiative, (over 1,000 people). There were also a number of temporary closures of stores for deep cleaning, most of which have now reopened. However no further sanctions were put in place. Unlike in the Lisbon area.

Lisbon: As a result of non-compliance with social gathering and distancing instructions, the Council of Ministers yesterday (Monday 22/06) approved a resolution which establishes the special limitations applicable to the Metropolitan Area of ​​Lisbon (AML), as part of the strategy to prevent, contain and mitigate the Covid-19 disease pandemic in the AML and Vale do Tejo, the following special and exceptional measures come into force at 00:01 on June 23, 2020:

  • Circulation or meetings of people in public places and on the public roads is now limited again to 10 people, unless they all belong to the same household.
  • All retail and service establishments, as well as those in commercial centres, are to close at 8 pm, with the exception of catering establishments exclusively for the purpose of serving meals in the establishment itself. Exceptions are also made for catering establishments and the like that continue to make confectionery for consumption outside the establishment or for home delivery, but they cannot supply alcoholic beverages within the scope of this activity.
  • The sale of alcoholic beverages in service areas or at fuel filling stations located in the Metropolitan Area of ​​Lisbon is prohibited.
  • The consumption of alcoholic beverages in open spaces accessible to the public is prohibited, with the exception of the outside spaces of restaurants and drinks establishments duly licensed for the purpose.
  • The operational activity of security forces and services and rescue services operating in the Metropolitan Area of ​​Lisbon, within the scope of the implementation of the present regime, may be reinforced, if necessary, by personnel from other geographical areas, in conjunction with the municipal civil protection structure.
  • Importantly: It is foreseen that anyone who disrespects these rules will be charged with a crime of disobedience.

At the moment there are no other new guidelines from the government, but of course if there are any updates we will send a further ‘News from afpop’ mailing.

Masks and visors: As more people begin to circulate you may see people electing to wear a visor instead of a face mask in public. However, advice from the government health authority (DGS) is that visors are NOT a replacement for wearing masks and should only be used in conjunction with a mask that covers the mouth and nose. The Director General of DGS, Graça Freitas, explained that this type of equipment “protects the eyes and nose very well, but as it is open at the bottom it does not protect as well against droplets expelled through sneezing, coughing and even speech". 

As the isolation measures continue to ease and we begin to come into more contact with others and go about our daily lives, please remember that social distancing remains in force and masks are required when entering establishments, shopping centres etc. We should continue to wash our hands regularly and cover our mouths when coughing or sneezing.

Until next time as always my best wishes to you all and please continue to STAY SAFE!

Michael R Reeve


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