The Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa has addressed the nation and announced the form of Portugal’s new lockdown which come effective 00:00 on Saturday 16 January until 23:59 on the 30 January.
Mr. Costa said, “The need for everyone to stay at home” Teleworking is obligatory wherever possible.”, all businesses that were closed in the first lockdown will once again close, restaurants only being able to offer take away options.
Pharmacies, Supermarkets will remain open with restrictions on the number of people able to enter. The rules for the lockdown in general will be the same as were applied in the first phase with the exception of schools.
“I’m fully aware of what this means for everyone. Especially those who are worried about losing their jobs or fighting to keep their businesses open,” he said.
He explained that “All businesses forced to close will be able to access a simplified layoff program. He also acknowledged that the lockdown will have negative impacts on the economy.
“We know what it means to sacrifice your freedom. But life is priceless and the price we’re paying with this pandemic is unbearable,” he continued.
For investors who already have appointment with SEF and moreover those coming in the next month with confirmed SEF appointments, the government assured the continuation of those public offices and would honour “already-made” previous appointments.
Banks, notary offices and tax administration offices will all be open. Offices are urged to promote teleworking practices from home.
Mercan’s Hosting department will work as usual to offer continuous support to our clients and partners while complying with the law.
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