The Government has announced the measures to contain the covid-19 pandemic for the rest of the month and over the festive period.
The renewed state of emergency starter its effect between 00:00 on Wednesday, December 9, and will last until 23:59 on December 23, and Prime Minister António Costa stressed that the measures related to the Christmas and New Year period will be subject to evaluation on December 18 to confirm the trend of improvement in the covid-19 pandemic.
Regarding the restriction measures for the new state of emergency, António Costa said that the Government’s strategy was to prolong what is already in force until Christmas, with “less intensity in restrictions on the 24 and 25 December and 1 January”.
Also according to the prime minister, in the week after the New Year, “the same level of restrictions” that will exist until Christmas should be maintained.
There is no limit on how many people can gather per household for Christmas and the night-time curfew will be pushed back from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25.
“Today families have enough information to know family gatherings are moments of risk,” Costa said. “We must trust the Portuguese people.
”For New Year’s Eve, street parties will be banned and outdoor gatherings will be limited to a maximum of six people.
People will still be allowed to meet at each other’s houses as long as they stay in their own municipalities and return home before the 2 a.m. curfew.
After a relatively mild first wave of the disease compared with countries such as Spain or Italy, Portugal has seen a record number of infections and deaths during the second wave though the daily tally has dropped slightly in recent days.
Portugal, which has a population of just over 10 million, has recorded 318,640 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 4,876 deaths.