“It doesn’t seem very logical to make the Portuguese wait”. Marcelo says Christmas rules should be known next week – Actualidade


In response to questions from journalists, at the end of an initiative on the premises of the Público newspaper in Lisbon, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa indicated that for the week it will be known which rules to comply with during Christmas, these being dependent on Emergency state.

“Next week there will be news about this, there will be an epidemiological session, there will be a hearing of political parties, there will, of course, be the opinion of the Government, there will be authorization from the Assembly of the Republic, and then there will be the decision of the President of the Republic”, he said. the head of state.

The current period of state of emergency, a legal exception framework that can only be in effect for 15 days, without prejudice to possible renewals, ends at 23:59 on 8 December. If it is renewed for another 15 days, the new period will start at 00:00 on December 9th, until 23:59 on December 23rd.

However, according to the President of the Republic, the Portuguese will not have to wait for the evaluation of what happens in that 15 days “to know what they are going to do during Christmas”.

“Although, in order to comply with the Constitution, the term of renewal of the state of emergency, the next, if any, ends at 23:59 on the 23rd [de dezembro], it seems common sense that the Portuguese know in advance how they can organize that Christmas weekend: 24, 25, 26, 27 “, he said.

Regarding the next renewal of the state of emergency, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said that December 8 is a public holiday and said that “the last day that the Assembly of the Republic has to pronounce is next Friday”.

“So we are relatively close to that moment of decision on renewal and on what terms of the state of emergency,” he added.

During the current covid-19 pandemic, a state of emergency was enacted to allow measures to contain the spread of this disease and renewed twice in succession, from March 19 to May 2. It was re-enacted in November and has already been renewed once.

To renew this legal framework for another 15 days, which allows the suspension of the exercise of some rights, freedoms and guarantees, the President of the Republic must have to listen to the Government and have authorization from the Assembly of the Republic

In Portugal, 4,276 people with covid-19 have died, in a total of 285,838 cases of infection accounted for, according to the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

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