The country will enter a state of contingency starting on September 15 to prepare for the pandemic situation during the autumn.
Portugal will enter a state of contingency from September 15 to prepare for the fight against the pandemic during the autumn. The Minister of the Presidency, Mariana Vieira da Silva, announced this Thursday after the Council of Ministers meeting. The country is currently in a state of alert, except for the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, which will remain in a state of contingency for the next 15 days.
Until then, the government will prepare new measures – which have not yet been announced – to be implemented from September 15 to prepare for the new period of return to school and also to work, for some, after the usual holiday period in August.
The government’s aim is to act in a preventive manner, noted Mariana Vieira da Silva, explaining that “we will live in times that are more difficult given the international context, the change in the lives of families and the circumstance of facing autumn”. However, the minister refused that Portugal is already facing a deterioration of the epidemiological situation.
The Lisbon Metropolitan Area will remain in a state of contingency for the next 15 days, with the existing measures remaining the same. The rest of the country remains on alert until September 15. “The Council of Ministers today approved the resolution extending the contingency situation in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area and of alert in the rest of the country until 23:59 on September 14, 2020,” reads the statement issued this Thursday.