Covid-19. Lisbon Metro maintains service on weekdays and reduces carriages on weekends

Metropolitano de Lisboa will continue to offer services on weekdays during the new confinement, and on weekends and holidays it reduces the number of train carriages in half, the company said this Friday.

In a statement, the carrier states that it will maintain its exploration service with the offer at 100%, operating at its maximum available capacity, with no changes to the offer on working days.

The Metropolitano also says it will continue to operate on weekdays with an average interval between trains of 3.35 to four minutes during rush hour in the morning and six minutes during rush hour in the afternoon.

“On weekends and holidays, Metropolitano de Lisboa will reduce the number of carriages on each train, starting to circulate with trains of three carriages each, instead of six, maintaining the schedules currently in force”, he said.

The company adds that it will “permanently reassess the effects of the implementation of this measure, and will continue to monitor and accompany the evolution of the situation, according to the levels of demand, adopting the measures that, at each moment, are deemed necessary. to guarantee the best health and safety conditions “.

Mainland Portugal entered a new general confinement today, at 00h, due to the worsening of the covid-19 pandemic, with the Portuguese subject to the duty of home withdrawal, but maintaining schools with classroom teaching.

As part of the modification of the state of emergency in the country, the Government determined on Wednesday a set of extraordinary measures that will be in effect until 11:59 pm on January 30 to “limit the spread of the pandemic and protect public health” and which are planned in the decree that the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, signed.

The general duty of home collection, in which “the rule is to stay at home”, provides for authorized trips to buy essential goods and services, performance of professional activities, frequency of school establishments, physical activity and sports in the open air, or participation within the scope of the electoral campaign or the election of the President of the Republic.

In the area of ‚Äč‚ÄčEducation, all educational establishments – day care centers, schools and universities – are open to face-to-face classes, and a “permanent campaign” of antigen tests will be developed to detect cases of infection.

The decree also determines that teleworking is mandatory, whenever the functions in question allow it, without the need for agreement by the parties, providing that its non-compliance is considered a very serious offense.

During this period, public services will provide face-to-face assistance by appointment and the provision of services through digital media and contact centers is reinforced.

With regard to trade and services, establishments such as grocery stores and supermarkets can be opened, with a capacity limited to five people per 100 square meters, but with no time restriction, and also the holding of fairs and markets, in the cases of sale of goods. food products.

The restaurants and cafes operate exclusively for the purpose of cooking for consumption outside the establishment through home delivery or take-away.

The Government decree aggravates the sanctioning regime, establishing that fines are doubled during the state of emergency, for failure to comply with measures to combat the pandemic.

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