The Algarve has 14 municipalities at high or very high risk, those that are subject to tighter rules, but there is news from the last week: Alcoutim enters, Monchique leaves and all the others are together in the highest risk lot, as it ends to announce Minister Mariana Vieira da Silva.
Also new is the entry of Aljezur into the list of municipalities on alert, that is, which risk being subject to restrictions, should the situation not improve.
According to daily data on the incidence of Covid-19 collected by the Regional Health Administration of the Algarve, Aljezur had, on the 20th, an incidence of 268 cases/100 thousand inhabitants, above the limit of 240 defined for low-density municipalities. But as it’s only the first week that this happens, it was just under alert.
Precisely based on these data from ARS Algarve, the mayor of Monchique had protested last week against the inclusion of his council among those subject to restrictions, stressing that this municipality was never above 240 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the barrier from which it would be considered as high risk. And, even if that had happened, it would be the first week, so, at the most, it should have been placed on the list of councils under alert.
The mayor had even considered this inclusion of his low-density council as “a blatant mistake”, demanding its removal…but this only came to happen now, when Monchique has an incidence rate of 181/100,000 inhab.
The (many) entries and exits of councils from the high and very high risk list were the only novelty resulting from today’s Council of Ministers, in terms of distrust, since, as highlighted by the Minister of State and Presidency, this week there were no changes to the rules.
“The government’s decisions on future rules will be taken after Tuesday’s meeting with Infarmed and it makes no sense to anticipate it,” said Mariana Vieira da Silva.
“Since the vaccination certificate was available, we have used it in various activities. Let’s wait for the evolution. The government has always said that when a good percentage of the population is vaccinated with two doses, there will be a change in policy. We are approaching that moment», he added.
Thus, the obligation to present a vaccination certificate or a negative test to Covid-19 to eat inside a restaurant at the weekend remains in force, as well as the mandatory curfew at 23:00. This rule is valid for the 14 risk councils.
In high-risk municipalities, telecommuting is mandatory whenever activities permit and restaurants, cafes and patisseries can work until 22:30 (inside, with a maximum of 6 people, and on the terrace, 10).
Cultural shows are open until 10:30 pm and all stores can be open until 9:00 pm. As for weddings and baptisms, they are allowed to have 50% of the capacity.
In very high risk municipalities, in addition to the fact that telecommuting is mandatory, restaurants, cafes and patisseries can only have six people on the terrace and four inside.
Supermarkets and retail stores are open until 9 pm during the week and until 7 pm on weekends and holidays.
As for the stores in the non-food sector, they are authorized to open until 9:00 pm, during the week, and until 3:30 pm, on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
Based on data on the incidence by municipality as of 21 July, changes were introduced with regard to the municipalities covered by each of the phases of decontamination:
– As high risk measures apply to the municipalities of Águeda, Alcobaça, Alcoutim, Amarante, Anadia, Arruda dos Vinhos, Avis, Barcelos, Bombarral, Braga, Cadaval, Caldas da Rainha, Cantanhede, Cartaxo, Castelo de Paiva, Castro Marim, Chaves, Coimbra, Constance, Elvas, Estarreja, Fafe, Felgueiras, Figueira da Foz, Guarda, Guimarães, Leiria, Marco de Canaveses, Marinha Grande, Mogadouro, Montemor-o-Novo, Montemor-o-Velho, Murtosa, Óbidos, Ourém, Ovar, Paços de Ferreira, Paredes de Coura, Penafiel, Porto de Mós, Rio Maior, Salvaterra de Magos, Santa Maria da Feira, Santarém, Santiago do Cacém, São João da Madeira, Serpa, Torres Vedras, Trofa, Valpaços, Viana do Castelo, Vila do Conde, Vila Real, Vila Viçosa and Vizela.
– As very high risk measures apply to the municipalities of Albergaria-a-Velha, Albufeira, Alcochete, Alenquer, Aljustrel, Almada, Amadora, Arraiolos, Aveiro, Azambuja, Barreiro, Batalha, Benavente, Cascais, Espinho, Faro, Gondomar, Ílhavo, Lagoon, Lagos, Lisboa, Loulé, Loures, Lourinhã, Lousada, Mafra, Maia, Matosinhos, Mira, Moita, Montijo, Nazaré, Odivelas, Oeiras, Olhão, Oliveira do Bairro, Palmela, Paredes, Pedrógão Grande, Peniche, Portimão, Porto, Póvoa de Varzim, Santo Tirso, São Brás de Alportel, Seixal, Sesimbra, Setúbal, Silves, Sines, Sintra, Sobral de Monte Agraço, Tavira, Vacant, Valongo, Vila do Bispo, Vila Franca de Xira, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Vila Nova de Gaia, Vila Real de Santo António and Viseu.
– come on alert the municipalities of Aljezur, Almeirim, Almodôvar, Amares, Beja, Bragança, Celorico de Basto, Cinfães, Cuba, Entroncamento, Esposende, Évora, Freixo de Espada à Cinta, Mealhada, Miranda do Douro, Mirandela, Montalegre, Moura, Odemira, Oliveira de Azeméis, Pombal , Ponte de Lima, Póvoa de Lanhoso, Resende, São João da Pesqueira, Tomar, Torres Novas, Vale de Cambra, Vila Pouca de Aguiar.