Summary of the Decree Nº 82/20

On 26th of March of the current year, the President of the Republic of Angola, His Excellency João Lourenço, declared State of National Emergency, starting at midnight on 27 March this year and for 15 days. This period may be extended.The President believes that the public health emergency is characterized as a situation that demands urgent implementation of exceptional measures to prevent and control the risk of containment to public health and to avoid, to the maximum possible, the spread of the pandemic and the serious consequences associated with it.

Read below the summary of the decree.

Exceptional and temporary measures to prevent and control the spread of the Pandemic COVID-19

Subject:

1. This diploma defines the concrete measures of exception in force for the duration of the Emergency State;
2. Other measures may be adopted if the application of this Decree so requires;

Restrictions on freedom of movement:

1. The movement of persons on the public road shall be prohibited, and citizens shall be subject to home collection, except for the following urgent and necessary trips:
a. Acquisition of essential goods and services;
b. Provision of essential services;
c. Performance of professional tasks and activities that are in operation during the State of Emergency;
d. Obtaining health care;
e. Delivery of food or medicines at home;
f. Assistance to vulnerable persons;
g. Volunteering;
h. Participation in public acts in the institutions operating
i. Search for banking services;
j. Access to the workplace in the applicable chaos;
k. Return to personal domicile;
l. Transport of goods;
2. Private vehicles can circulate on the public road for the purpose of carrying out the activities referred to in the preceding paragraph;
3. Achievements of essential goods and services should preferably be made on the establishments and services closest to the citizen’s residence;

Disobedience:

1. In the event of a breach on the restrictions on freedom of movement, the competent authorities shall direct the citizen to return home;
2. The disobedience to the order referred to in the previous paragraph is a crime of disobedience and may give rise to immediate arrest;

National and provincial sanitary fence:

1. Entries into and out of the country and provinces are prohibited by any means, with the exception of:
a. Entry and exit of essential goods and services;
b. Humanitarian aid;
c. Entry and exit of sick patients;

Mandatory quarantine:

1.  They are subject to mandatory quarantine, institutional or domiciliary the following:
a. Patients with COVID-19 and SARS-Cov2 infected;
b. Citizens to whom the competent health authorities determine an active surveillance situation;

2. Violation of the quarantine obligation constitutes a crime of disobedience;
3. Violation of home quarantine can be transformed into institutional quarantine and the authorities may invade the offender’s domicile for detention in the event of resistance;
Enlargement of the scale of COVID-19 tests: No one can refuse to carry out compulsory tests, under penalty of committing a crime of disobedience;

Public services in general:

1. Public services of the Central and Local State Administration are closed;
2. Public services of direct and indirect administration are closed;
3. The following public services, whether or not provided by public entities, are opened:
a. Public and private hospitals;
b. Angola National bank;
c. insurance services;
d. pharmacies, suppliers of medicinal products and providers of goods and services for hospital use;
e. Military services and units;
f. Private security services;
g. Civil protection, fire services and emergency services;
h. Energy and water services, including service desks
i. Traffic and mobility support services;
j. Residue collection and services;
k. Cemeteries, morgues, and death records services;
2.  Water supply by private tanks are also considered as essential services;

Special protection of citizens particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 infection:

1. Citizens that are subject to special protection:
a. Aged 60 years or more;
b. Those with chronic risk conditions such as immuno-compromised, renal, hypertensive, diabetic, cardiovascular, chronic respiratory disease patients and cancer patients;
c. Pregnant women and women with children under 12 years of age under their care;

Safeguarding of legal-labour relations:

It is prohibited the termination of legal-labour relations based on the absence of workers from the workplace;

Work at home:

Citizens exempted from work may be subject to the home work regime;

Commercial Activity:

1. All private business establishments shall be closed, with the exception of the following:
a. Wholesale and retail food goods;
b. Banks and payment services;
c. Telecommunications and press, radio and television services;
d. Hospitality;
e. Restoration for external service, namely take-away and home delivery;
f. Posts and all services that integrate the fuel supply chain;
g. Funeral and related services;
h. Maintenance and repair of automotive vehicles and urgent maintenance;
i. Other services essential to collective life, after having received a favourable opinion from the competent health authorities;

Markets and Street Selling:

Public, formal or informal markets, remain in operation from 06:00 to 13:00, exclusively for the marketing of food, natural and dietetic products, hygiene products, cleaning and cosmetics and butane gas;

Industrial and agricultural activities

1. Industrial units are closed except for:
a. food and beverage production;
b. products essential to health services;
c. oil and support services;
d. from the miners;
e. units working with continuous production cycles (furnaces with high temperatures in their production);
f. cardboard, glass and plastic production units and;
g. other services essential to collective life, after obtaining a favourable opinion from the competent health authorities;

Political activities and freedom of assembly and demonstration:

No events, political activities, meetings and demonstrations that concentrate more than 50 people are allowed;

Recreational, cultural and leisure activities on public roads or in public spaces:

1. Recreational and leisure activities carried out in public spaces shall be prohibited;
2. Discos, game rooms, bars and similar are closed, except for home delivery services;
3. Public spaces for sports, leisure and beaches are closed;
4. Cultural and artistic activities shall be suspended and the premises of such activities closed;
5. Museums, libraries, theatres, monuments and similes are closed;
6. Fairs and exhibitions are suspended;

Religious services and celebrations: Suspended services and religious celebrations in all places of worship;

Funeral ceremonies: Prohibited with more than 50 participants;

Post-clearance tax regularization: Payment of taxes on imports of food, medicines and other essential products is subject to the post-clearance regularization regime;

Protection of tenants: evictions of tenants in lease contracts for housing purposes are prohibited, which did not dishonour the tenant from the obligation to pay the rent due;

Visits to hospitals and prisons: visits to citizens admitted to hospitals institutions and to prisoners or detainees are prohibited;

Collective transport of persons and property:

1. Collective transport which is essential for mobility during the State of Emergency shall remain in operation only for the provision of the minimum services;
2. The provision of motorcycle taxi services is prohibited;
3. The maximum limit of 1/3 passengers at the same time in public or private transport is defined in relation to their capacity;
4. The violation of this article may determine the seizure of the vehicle;

Validity of the expired official documents: official documents are valid and effective even if they have expired, such as identity card, driving license, registration of the vehicle, title of car ownership, passport, tourism and work visa and resident card;

Licenses and authorizations: Licenses, authorizations or other administrative acts shall remain valid irrespective of the time limit;

Volunteering: where advisable, voluntary actions may be promoted to ensure the essential functions for the implementation of the measures provided for during the State of Emergency.