Trade to close earlier, curfew, confinement by parish or even total confinement: Marcelo admits all possibilities


Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa sided this Friday with António Costa and admitted that, although he does not intend to tighten the measures to stop the increase in the number of infected with Covid-19, all hypotheses may come to be considered. On the day that the country again broke the record of contagions (2,608 new cases), the President of the Republic, like the Prime Minister, asked for discipline and said that Belém and S. Bento could come to consider restrictions similar to those to be adopted in other countries: curfews, time constraints on the operation of commerce and services, “mini-confinements per parish” and, at the limit, a return to total confinement, as happened during the state of emergency.

“There are progressive degrees of restraint,” said Marcelo, on a terrace in Aljezur, noting that “if the number of deaths soars to several dozen [por dia]”no political power can stand still.

The head of state guaranteed, however, that “nobody wants radical formulas” to counter the progression of the pandemic, but defended that this will only be possible if the citizens accept “smaller measures” such as the mandatory use of a mask on the public road. On this proposal, in particular, he noted that it is “democratic” and is not prohibited by the Constitution.

As for the StayAway Covid app, Marcelo avoided committing himself. He merely stated that it is not worth “wasting time” with the discussion before realizing how the Assembly of the Republic will vote on the diploma that the Executive presented. In case of approval, Marcelo anticipated, it will be easy to dispel doubts: the text will be sent to the Constitutional Court and it will be up to the Ratton Palace judges to decide on the proposal’s compliance with the fundamental law.


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