Among the provisional and exceptional measures in force pending the state of emergency, we would like to further highlight, the following:

  • the authorities are authorized to request to electronic communication operators detailed records of telephone calls and other support items exclusively for purposes of tracing citizens suspected of being infected by, or confirmed cases of, COVID-19, and their contact details;
  • citizens wishing to apply for tenders for public offices in the education, health, defence and security forces (Public Administration) sectors are required to provide a vaccination certificate or show evidence of having received the first shot of the vaccine against the COVID-19;
  • the competent public and private entities may require a negative SARS-COV-2 test result as a condition for access to services in cases where employees or workers are not yet immunized;
  • state bodies will adopt their own specific operation procedures, but must ensure minimum services;
  • In person school activities are permitted in public and private establishments for all levels of education. Resumption of pre-school in person classes is permitted as of 5 April 2021;
  • as of 19 September 2020, the practices for all federate sporting categories are permitted. Federated competitions are authorised from 17 October 2020 onwards being allowed the presence of audience, provided it does not surpass 25% of the precinct’s total capacity, that all individuals wear a mask and that the rules of biosafety and social distancing are complied;
  • the performance of individual sporting activities in open spaces is allowed from 5.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.. These activities cannot congregate more than 5 persons;
  • political events and activities, meetings and protests organized in open spaces are permitted, provided that the 2 meters social distancing between participants is complied with and that these events are organized in bounded space;
  • recreational, cultural and leisure activities are permitted on the public highway or in public spaces, namely, those taking place in museums, theatres, public monuments and similar, cultural and art fairs and cinemas, provided that facial masks are used and biosafety and physical distancing rules are complied with;
  • services and religious celebrations are allowed and religious ceremonies may occur in any day of the week;
  • the marketing and consumption of alcoholic beverages on public roads is prohibited;
  • retired doctors and nurses may be subject to civil requisition, save for those who are vulnerable to the pandemic;
  • the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, in liaison with the Superior Councils of the Judicial Magistracy and the Public Prosecutor’s Office must make the adequate arrangements to ensure effective access to justice and the courts; and
  • the media, both public and private, remain in operation.





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