Among the temporary derogatory measures in force foreseen in Decree-Law no. 10/2020, we would like to further highlight the following:

a)       compulsory home confinement, either in an institution or at home, under penalty of committing a crime of disobedience;
b)      Population is allowed to leave home to shop and collect water;
c)       All non-essential public and private services shall be closed.

(i)  The following are deemed to be essential public services:

  • Each sovereign body, ministerial and local and regional authority officers shall define the essential services and officials covered by the derogation regime.

(ii) The following are deemed to be essential private services:

  • Supermarkets and food and hygiene products stores;
  • Take away restaurants and bakeries;
  • Pharmacies and private clinics;
  • The ENCO (National Fuel and Oil Company) and petrol stations;
  • Commercial banks and telecommunication companies;
  • Fishing, agriculture and related resellers services;
  • Private security companies;
  • Services of production and trade of facial masks;
  • Taxi services, with occupancy of half the car's official capacity;
  • Fish, food and vegetable sellers at municipal markets;
  • Industrial production facilities.

d)   all services covered by this derogation regime must carry an identification card and/or a credential from their employing entity to travel on public roads. In the case of workers in the agriculture, livestock and fisheries sectors, as well as market vendors, credentials should be issued by the Directorate of Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock and by District Halls respectively.

  1. Public services deemed essential will continue to operate from 7.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m., with reduced staff, with the exception of health professionals, media professionals, fire brigades and defence and public security forces. Private services deemed essential will operate from 7.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. and companies may opt to reduce this schedule.
  2. Pharmacies, bakeries and petrol stations will operate from 6.00 am to 5.00 pm, and may opt to reduce this schedule.
  3. Municipal markets operate from 5.00 am to 3.00 pm, with a reduced number of sellers, in such a way as to avoid the agglomeration of people and to respect the required sanitary distance.
  4. Services and companies working in shifts, fishermen, animal breeders and farmers are not covered by this schedule.
  5. The remaining sectors and services not mentioned above should be closed during the mandatory general confinement period.
  6. All civil construction and public works, which are considered to be non-urgent, shall be suspended and the Minister with jurisdiction over public works shall be responsible for issuing the competent authorization for the execution of works considered to be urgent and indispensable.
  7. Wearing face masks is mandatory for all road users and service providers to the public.




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