A Situation of Public Calamity was declared, as of 00:00 (zero) hours of 26 May 2020, and will be maintained for as long as there is a risk of contamination by COVID-19.
Pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 142/20, of 25 May 2020, a wide range of new extraordinary and exceptional measures have been adopted and new rules regarding public and private services and social equipment have been approved. These new measures aim to guarantee a greater balance between the prevention strategy and control of the spread of the virus, and the need to progressively relaunch the economy.
Among the determinations of the decree we can highlight the following:
Right to Free Movement
Entering and exiting national territory remains prohibited. However, excluded from this limitation are, among others, the return of national citizens and foreign residents to national territory, the return of foreign citizens to their countries of origin, and the entry of foreign specialists taking part in specific operations.
Between 26 May and 9 June 2020, the Luanda province will be under lockdown and its provincial boarders will be subject to health controls. Mandatory quarantining and testing may be ordered by the competent authorities, when there is a risk of transmission.
Use of Face Masks
The use of face masks is mandatory inside all commercial establishments, markets, educational institutions, indoor venues open to the public, and others. Owners, managers or other people in charge are responsible for denying access to anyone not duly protected.
The commercial activity of providing goods and services is now limited to operating between 07:00 (seven a.m.) and 19:00 (seven p.m.). The number of employees working simultaneously at any given time in each establishment is restricted, while establishments must also comply with biosafety rules and enforce physical distancing between customers. Rules concerning temperature controls when entering a commercial establishment, as well as the creation of sanitization stations, will be implemented. Suppliers of goods and services must also favor the use of touch-free means of payment and automatic payment terminals
Hotels, Restaurants and Similar
Hotels must adopt biosafety operational plans, as per the guidelines established by the competent entities. Restaurants and similar establishments will have limited schedules and days when they can open, their capacity will be reduced by 50% (50 per cent), and they will have to observe various rules on biosafety and physical distancing between customers.
Only strategic, priority or urgent public works are permitted. From 8 June, other public and private works will be allowed. These must comply with a number of rules on biosafety and physical distancing between workers.
Industry, Fisheries and Agriculture & Livestock
Engagement in industrial, fishing, and agricultural & livestock activities is allowed. However, these activities must adopt sanitary rules that mitigate the risk of contamination.
Working from Home
Whenever the worker’s situation and function allow it, and if both parties are in agreement, a remote-working scheme should be adopted. When this is not possible, rotation shifts should be established, in accordance with the limits determined by the existing legislation or applicable regulations. The employer is responsible for creating conditions that allow for an employee to work remotely.
Public and private educational establishments, in both higher education and Level 2 of Secondary Education, will resume activity from 13 July. Public and private establishments of Level 1 of Secondary Education, as well as those of Primary Education, will resume activity on 27 July.
Public services will have new schedules and will operate with a reduced number of employees, with the exception of port and port-related services and customs offices.
Validity of Licenses, Authorizations and Expired Documents
Regardless of their expiry date, licenses, authorizations or other types of administrative instruments will remain valid until 30 August. Similarly, the following official documents will remain valid, even if they have expired:
- Identity card;
- Passport (for the purpose of returning to the country);
- Foreign resident card and visas granted to foreign citizens;
- Vehicle registration and logbook; and
- Licenses or qualifications of aeronautical, maritime and railway staff.
Payment of Energy and Water Bills and Settlement of Rent Arrears
Electricity and water bills should be paid by 26 July 2020, although they can be paid in installments. Rent arrears, due under lease agreements, may be paid in installments by 31 August.
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