Considering the positive development in the effectiveness of the measures and rules implemented by Presidential Decree No. 150/21 of 8 June 2021, the Angolan government has decided to update the measures in force, through the publication of Presidential Decree 173/21 of 8 July 2021, which extends the Public Calamity Situation in Angola and updates the exceptional and temporary measures to prevent and control Covid-19, as well as the operating rules for public and private services and social facilities, to be in force during the new period of the Public Calamity Situation, which begins at 00:00 on 9 July and ends at 11:59 p.m. on 7 August 2021.
This new Presidential Decree maintains the exceptional and temporary measures that were in force until 11:59 p.m. of 8 July 2021. Among the most relevant new measures, we highlight, in summary, the following:
i. Civic duty of home collection, under which it is now recommended to abstain from circulating or remaining on the public highway from 00:00 to 05:00 a.m. (previously it was recommended that this abstention began at 10:00 p.m.);
ii. Public and private services
- Public administrative services shall operate, throughout the national territory, from 08:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m., with the presence of up to 75% of the workforce, with the legally established exceptions.
- Private Sector and Public Companies administrative services shall operate between 06:00 a.m. and 05:00 p.m., with the presence of up to 75% of the workforce.
iii. Gyms accessible to the public and similar facilities that operate in open spaces will operate, throughout the national territory, with up to 50% of the space's capacity, respecting the physical distance between practitioners and regular sanitation of the spaces and equipment must be carried out.
iv. Commercial activities involving goods and services in general, including canteens and similar establishments, may now only be carried out between 07:00a.m. and 08:00p.m., in compliance with the rules already in force.
v. The operating hours of the following activities is extended:
- public markets and craft markets, as well as street vending, are permitted from Tuesday to Saturday between 06:00 a.m. and 06:00 p.m.;
- museums, theatres, monuments, and similar establishments, as well as libraries and media libraries, which will be open until 08:00p.m., under the terms already foreseen.
- cultural and art fairs, as well as fashion or similar exhibitions, in public or private spaces, which may operate until 08:00 p.m.;
- cinemas, which can now operate until 10:00 p.m.;
- non-dance music shows, which are now allowed until 10:00 p.m.; dance floors are forbidden.
vi. The activities and meetings held in closed venues must not, throughout the national territory, exceed a capacity of 50% of the capacity of the venue, nor the maximum number of 500 people, and must be held in strict compliance with the terms already provided for; these capacity and limitation limits are also applicable to massive political and civic activities held on the public highway, which cannot be itinerant in nature and must be confined to a specific location;
vii. Funeral ceremonies with up to 20 participants are allowed, in the terms already foreseen; as for funerals of people whose cause of death is COVID-19, up to 10 participants are allowed.
Finally, it is noted that this Presidential Decree will remain in force until 7 August 2021, revoking Presidential Decree No. 150/21 of 8 June 2021.
António Vicente Marques – Sociedade de Advogados, RL
Luanda, July 2021