These measures fall within the new legal framework recently approved by the Government on disaster reduction and risk management.
The President of the Republic will submit to the Parliament a decree with the proposed detailed measures to be in place during the public calamity situation. Some of those key measures can be described as follows:
General prevention measures
- the general prevention and containment measures against COVID-19 remain unaltered – the use of mask and physical distancing;
- resumption of issuance of official documents – BI/DIRE, drivers license, temporary VISAs and registry booklets;
- resumption of flights to some countries on a reciprocity basis;
- timetable unaltered – from 6 a.m to 5 p.m;
- From 1 October 2020 – resumption of 12th grade classes (only);
- Visits: limit of 2 persons/patient; and
- No visits to COVID-19 patients
- Religious ceremonies –maximum up to 50% capacity of the venue subject to a maximum limit of 150 persons;
- Private events – 40 persons;
- Meetings – 40 persons; and
- Funeral ceremonies – 50 persons
- authorised access to the beach, subject to the following limitations:
- it is not allowed to play collective sports;
- it is not allowed to perform musical concerts; and
- it is not allowed to trade or consume alcooholic beverages.
The President of the Republic further stressed that the relief of the measures announced does not mean a lack of concern and/or negligence in terms of full compliance with such measures, to the contrary. If we are to do the transition to the ‘new normal’ – and consequently increase mobility and relax the measures – the prudence has to double. In addition, please note that non-compliace with such measures constitute a crime of disobedience, punished under the law.
Should you have any query on the above, reach out to the Legal Matters Portfolio member Suheil Salém and/or schedule a legal consultation via ZOOM.