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New Restrictions Over Next Two Weekends

In a press release, the President of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque stated that during the next two weekends (9th – 10th and the 16th – 17th) the curfew will be brought forward from 11 pm to 6 pm.  This means that no one, is allowed to be on a public road between 6 pm – 5am, unless any of the below exceptions apply.

Furthermore, all supermarkets, bars and restaurants will close at 5 pm, and takeaway and home delivery services will be subject to the same rules, so order early!

The exceptions detailed on the 4th of January remain the same.  These are:-

– Professional travel, as attested by a declaration;

-Health professionals and other workers from health and social support institutions;

– Civil protection agents, military personnel, inspectors from the Regional Economic Activities Authority (ARAE) and security forces;

– Religious Ministers;

– Diplomatic and Consular staff; 

– Travel for health reasons;

– Emergency reception of victims of domestic violence or human trafficking;

– Assistance to vulnerable people or people with disabilities;

– Fulfillment of parental responsibilities;

– Urgent medical-veterinary assistance;

– Exercise of freedom of the press;

– Dog/pet walking albeit short;

– Homecoming within the scope of admitted travel; – travel to the airport for passengers to board and disembark;

– Travel by public transport, taxis and TVDE, within the scope of the exceptions allowed in this paragraph;

– Other reasons of force majeure, provided that it can be shown that they cannot be postponed and that they are justified.

Samantha Gannon

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Madeira Weekly