Government wants to avoid total country lockdown in December. Reinforcement of teleworking and restrictions on circulation on the table

Executive is considering new measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, in the face of the increasing number of infected cases. Under study is the implementation of risk maps, mandatory teleworking whenever necessary, distance learning and restrictions on circulation at certain times and in risk areas such as restaurants and shopping centers.

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The Government will meet next Saturday, October 31 (the day on which the deadline set for the state of calamity ends), to decide new measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Jornal Económico knows that several restrictive measures are being considered to avoid the 'lockdown' in December. And that these may lead the Executive to raise the level of calamity alert to a new state of emergency, which will require a request to the Assembly of the Republic. The declaration of a state of emergency will provide the Government with legal support to be able to impose certain measures, without fearing that they will be stopped in court.

On the table is the possibility of returning mandatory teleworking whenever necessary to avoid too much mobility, as people have to use public transport. And the return of higher distance education.

The Executive also intends the rapid implementation of risk maps to help manage the pandemic. An idea that can be realized through the so-called “traffic lights”, or risk maps, identifying the places most affected by the pandemic by parish or postal code.

Among the measures under study is a curfew that may not be generalized as is being done in other countries, but that goes through restrictions on circulation at certain times, for example, at weekends and at night. And focusing on certain risk sectors such as restaurants and shopping centers with the application of more restrictive hours.

It should be remembered that with the transition from the state of contingency to the state of calamity, from October 15 to October 31, the closing time of establishments was maintained between 20 pm and 23 pm, by municipal decision. And the restaurants continued to be able to be open until 01:00, having, however, set a limit of five people in restaurants, in shopping centers, in public spaces, on the street, there is one exception: cohabitants.

Mandatory teleworking ended June 1

The decision was announced by the Prime Minister, António Costa, on June 1, in a press conference after the Council of Ministers that decided the measures for the third phase of deflation due to the covid-19 pandemic.

With the end of mandatory teleworking, however, there were several exceptions in which teleworking remained mandatory. This is the case of parents accompanying children under 12 years of age, immunocompromised, chronically ill and people with disabilities equal to more than 60%.

Teleworking has also remained mandatory in situations where the hygiene and safety rules defined by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) and the Working Conditions Authority (ACT) are not complied with in the workplace.

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