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Economy May Start Moving…

The Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa confirmed this week that sectors within the economy would be allowed to re-open on the 4th of May. From then on, all decisions will be made on a rolling format to ensure that no sudden spikes in Covid-19 occur. However, the decision will only be discussed tomorrow, the 30th of April at the Council of Ministers.

Speaking at Paços de Ferreira, Porto, where he visited a clothing company making 100 thousand masks a day, the head of the Government said that, before he meets with the Council of Ministers, he will attend a meeting with INFARMED, where scientists from the Directorate-General for Health will discuss the evolution of the pandemic.

Following on, the Prime Minister stated that it is the Government’s intention “to set a timetable for what may open on the 4th and 18th of May and the 1st and at the end of June.’ He reaffirmed that the country must resume economic activity “gradually and progressively.” Furthermore, in order not to take any risks, he will adopt economy relaxation measures every 15 days, ensuring that adequate impact assessments are undertaken to ensure a safe transition to the next phase of economic recovery.

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Madeira Weekly