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No. 11-A/2020

Publication: Republic Diary No. 246/2020, Series I of 2020-12-21
  • Issuer: Presidency of the Council of Ministers
  • Diploma Type:
  • Number: 11-A/2020
  • Pages: 22-(2) a 22-(40)

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree regulates the extension of the state of emergency by the President of the Republic.

What is going to change?

The rules established in the Decree, which was in force until 11:59 p.m. on 8 December, are essentially maintained.


The following measures, among others, are applicable to the entire national territory:

    • Mandatory use of masks
    • The wearing of masks in the workplace is mandatory;

    • Mandatory confinement
    • Patients with COVID-19 and those infected with SARS-CoV-2, as well as citizens who have been subject to active surveillance by health authorities or other health professionals, are placed in mandatory confinement;

    • Places open to the public
    • In all places open to the public the maximum occupancy rule of 1 person per 20 m2 must be observed. A minimum distance of 2 metres between people must be ensured. The stay within the space must take place for the time strictly necessary;

    • Home deliveries and take-away
    • In the context of the catering service, home deliveries without time limit and take-aways are permitted with the applicable catering times depending on the level of risk in the respective municipality;

    • Sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages
    • The sale of alcoholic beverages in service areas or at petrol stations as well as, from 8 p.m., in retail outlets, including supermarkets and hypermarkets, is prohibited;

      The consumption of alcoholic beverages is forbidden in open air spaces with public access and public roads, with the exception of esplanades, which, from 8 p.m., only allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages in the context of meal service.

The four risk levels applicable to the various municipalities in the country, determined on the basis of the particular situation of each municipality, are maintained.

The risk levels are:

    • Moderate;
    • High;
    • Very High;
    • Extreme.

The following measures are adopted for municipalities at high risk:

    • Circulation on public roads is prohibited between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.;
    • Actions will be taken to monitor the fulfilment of the teleworking obligation;
    • Restaurants, cultural facilities and sports facilities can now close at 10:30 p.m. For all others, the closing time is maintained at 10 p.m..

The following measures are adopted for municipalities at very high risk and extreme risk:

    • During the week, movement on the public highway is prohibited between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.;
    • On Saturdays and Sundays, it is forbidden to circulate on the public road between 1 p.m. and 5 a.m.;
    • Restaurants, cultural facilities and sports facilities close at 10:30 p.m.. For all the others, the closing time is at 10 p.m.;
    • Special operating rules for establishments, on Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 p.m..

Christmas and New Year period

The following special measures are established for the Christmas and New Year period, to run from midnight on 24 December 2020 until 11:59 p.m. on 7 January 2021.

The ban on circulation on public roads in municipalities at high, very high and extreme risk does not apply:

    • Between 11 p.m. on 23 December and 5 a.m. on 24 December, for those who are travelling;
    • Between 11 p.m. on 24 December and 2 a.m. on 25 December;
    • Between 11 p.m. on 25 December and 2 a.m. on 26 December.

It is forbidden to circulate on public roads on 31 December 2020 from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on 1 January 2021, as well as on 1 to 3 January 2021 from 1 p.m. to 5 a.m..

The general duty to stay at home in the municipalities of high risk, very high and extreme risk does not apply on 23 to 26 December.

With regard to opening hours in the cultural and catering sectors, it is established that:

    • On 24 and 25 December, restaurants may close by 1 a.m. (public access is excluded for new admissions at midnight) and the closing times for cultural establishments do not apply;
    • On 26 December, restaurants and similar establishments may operate, for meal service in the establishment itself, until 3:30 p.m.;
    • On New Year's Eve, restaurants and similar establishments close until 10:30 p.m..

There is a ban on circulation between municipalities between midnight on 31 December 2020 and 5 a.m. on 4 January 2021. This rule does not apply, among others, to travel:

    • For professional reasons, as attested by a statement issued by the employer, or issued by the person himself/herself in the case of self-employed workers;
    • Of health professionals and workers of health and social support institutions;
    • Staff of civil protection agents, security forces and services, military personnel and inspectors of the Authority for the Food and Economic Safety (ASAE);
    • Officers of the sovereign bodies, leaders of the social partners and of the political parties represented in the Assembly of the Republic;
    • Travel for other imperative family reasons.

The holding of public or open celebrations of a non-religious nature is prohibited on 31 December 2020 and 1 January 2021.

What advantages does it bring?

By restricting contact between people and limiting travel to the bare minimum, this decree strengthens the prevention of and response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in a logic of maximum containment with minimum disruption.

When does it enter into force?

This decree enters into force on 24 December 2020.

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