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Situação de Calamidade Pública - Actualização das medidas excepcionais e temporárias 0
17 março 2021

On 11 March 2021, Presidential Decree No. 62/21 was published, updating the exceptional measures taken under Presidential Decree No. 39/21 of 9 February 2021 which updated the measures for prevention and control of the spread of COVID-19, as well as the rules of operation of public and private services and social facilities, for the duration of the Public Calamity Situation. This Presidential Decree shall enter into force on 12 March 2021 and shall remain in force until next 10 April 2021.
 
This new Presidential Decree maintains, in essence, the exceptional and temporary measures that were in effect until 11 March 2021. We highlight, in summary, the following among the most relevant measures:
i. Lifting the suspension of the ban, in a gradual manner, on scheduled passenger air connections with South Africa, Brazil and Portugal;
ii. Home collection, in the period between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am, every day of the week, as well as the mandatory use of face mask in the public streets, in closed spaces of public access, in public transportation and public transport, in educational establishments, in street vending and markets;
iii. Health fence in the Province of Luanda until 10 April 2021, at 11:59 pm. However, entry and exit will remain subject to a negative SARS-COV-2 virus test, without no need for any other type of authorization;
iv. Despite the closure of borders, regular flights are still allowed, both domestic and international, in the latter case in specially authorized situations, but with the possibility of temporary suspension of certain routes;
v. Carrying out post-disembarkation testing for passengers arriving from outside the country, at airport facilities, within the scope of non-suspended scheduled air connections;
vi. Domiciliary quarantine for national citizens and foreign residents, as well as for non-resident foreign citizens (namely, citizens holding a work visa) provided they have their own residence;
vii. Working hours, for administrative services in the public sector, between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm and, for the private sector, between 6:00 am. and 4:00 pm, with both services operating with 75% of the workforce;
viii. Working hours of commercial establishments, between 7:00 am and 10:00 pm, with the limit of face-to-face work force of up to 100%, unless the distance of 2 meters between workers cannot be guaranteed, in which case it should not exceed the 50% limit;
ix. Hours of operation for restaurants and similar facilities, between 6:00 am and 9:00 pm. for local service and between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm for take-away and home delivery services.
 
The new diploma maintains some rules already foreseen in the previous diplomas, namely:
 
i) Special duty to cooperate;
ii) Home gatherings and gatherings on the public highway;
iii) Recreational, cultural and leisure activities, in the public way or in public space;
iv) Collective transportation of people and goods and motorcycle cab activities;
v) Access to beaches, public swimming pools and bathing areas, where access is still restricted/prohibited.
 
António Vicente Marques – Sociedade de Advogados, RL
Luanda, March 2021
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