As elsewhere in Europe, the Portuguese government is doing a weekly reassessment of the pandemic situation, issuing several packs of measures to different parts of the country. A new State of Emergency was voted, running between November 24th to December 8th. It will likely be renewed into Christmas time; both Prime-Minister Costa and President Rebelo de Sousa mentioned it, and there isn’t significant Parliament opposition to it.
Algarve: the safest place to be
The government is applying different measures according to the Covid-19 risk in each of the 308 boroughs of the country. The current map clearly shows that, once again, Algarve in being able to tackle the virus spread.
The boroughs were divided into four levels of risk (considering the number of cases over the last 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants):
- Moderate (less than 240 cases);
- High (between 240 and 479 new cases);
- Very High (between 480 and 959 new cases);
- Extremely High (more than 960 new cases).
As the map shows, there is currently no Algarvian borough in the two highest-risk categories. Six of them are considered “High” and the other ten are deemed as “Moderate”, the lowest risk category. The containment measures in borough deemed as of high risk are the curfew between 11 p.m and 5 a.m and the shutting down of restaurants and 10 p.m.
Algarve is now skipping the harshest measures, notably the weekend curfew after 1 p.m.
National containment measures
Nonetheless, Algarvian residents will have to abide by the national level rules the government announced for the long weekends of early December. It will be forbidden to move across borough boundaries during those weekends, except for “Force Majeure” situations. Schools will be closed, and civil servants will not work on Mondays, November 30th and December 7th; the Prime-minister asked the private sector to dismiss their employees in those days, too. December 1st commemorates the Independence Revolution of 1640 when a putsch ended 60 years of Iberian Union and reinstated an exclusively Portuguese government, separated from Spain. December 8th is a Catholic holiday, celebrating the Immaculate Conception.