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;
  • state bodies will adopt their own specific operation procedures, but must ensure minimum services;
  • pharmacies and clinical analysis laboratories, duly certified by the Ministry of Health, are authorized to perform SARS-CoV-2 virus tests;
  • in person classes in public and private educational establishments at all levels of education is temporarily suspended until 16 January 2022, subject to the evaluation of the epidemiological situation;
  • the performance of individual sporting activities in open spaces is allowed from 5.00 a.m. to 7.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 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, public monuments and similar, cultural and art fairs, provided that facial masks are used and biosafety and physical distancing rules are complied with;
  • theatres, cinemas, casinos and gambling houses are temporarily closed;
  • 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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