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Aljezur and Portimão not advancing to the new phase

Aljezur and Portimão not advancing to the new phaseSome municipalities of Portugal will be held back from the final phase of deconfinement for a week, to be reviewed. In the Algarve region, Aljezur and Portimão will not accompany the country in the last phase of deconfinement, while Lagos and Vila Real de Santo António will be on alert for a week.

In total, 7 municipalities -Miranda do Douro, Paredes, Valongo, Aljezur , Resende, Carregal do Sal, Portimão,  plus two parishes in Odemira, will not benefit from the easing of restrictions that will take effect in other municipalities in Portugal as of Saturday May 1st. The Government justifies this decision with the fact that they were above 120 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in two consecutive evaluations.

In the case of Odemira, the parishes of São Teotónio and Longueira / Almograve are concerned, subject to a local lockdown. The remaining parishes of Odemira will benefit from the easing of restrictions and will move on to phase four of the deconfinement plan.

Several municipalities are on alert for having an assessment of more than 120 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants. They are as follows: Alijó, Alpiarça, Arganil, Batalha, Beja, Boticas, Cabeceiras de Baixo, Castelo de Paiva, Celorico de Basto, Cinfães, Coruche, Fafe, Figueiró dos Vinhos, Lagos , Lamego, Melgaço, Oliveira do Hospital, Paços de Ferreira, Penafiel, Peniche, Peso da Régua, Ponte da Barca, Póvoa de Lanhoso, Tábua, Tabuaço, Vidigueira, Vila Real de Santo António .

There are seven counties that have recovered from their hih rate of cases since the last assessment: Alandroal, Albufeira , Figueira da Foz, Marinha Grande, Moura, Penela and Rio Maior.

Municipalities advancing to the new phase will benefit from the following measures: restaurants, cafes and pastry shops (max. 6 people inside or 10 on terraces, per group) will start operating until 10:30 pm every day; cultural shows until 10:30 pm every day; weddings and baptisms with 50% capacity; all stores and shopping centers  open until 9 pm on weekdays and 7 pm on weekends and holidays.

The prime minister announced that from now on, the Covid-19 incidence risk assessment will be weekly instead of biweekly.

Original article available in Portuguese at http://postal.pt/