The archipelago of Madeira will have, between today and January 31, a curfew from Monday to Friday between 7:00 pm and 5:00 am and the suspension of face-to-face classes in the 3rd cycle and in the secondary schools.
The measures, which were approved on Monday by the Regional Government of Madeira, are part of the fight against the covid-19 pandemic.
The regional executive also decided to keep the curfew on the weekends between 18:00 and 05:00, announced last week.
In a statement made on Monday to journalists, the President of the Government of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque (PSD / CDS-PP coalition), justified the new restrictions with the increase in the number of cases of covid-19 in recent days, associated with the variant of the virus detected in the United Kingdom, which placed some municipalities in the region at high risk.
Miguel Albuquerque indicated that the curfew, as well as the new closing time for economic activities and the suspension of face-to-face classes, among other measures to contain covid-19, will be in effect between 00:00 on 13 January (today) and at 11:59 pm on 31 January.
The minister explained, after an extraordinary meeting of the Government Council, that on weekends and holidays the ban on driving on public roads is between 6:00 pm and 5:00 am, a measure that has already been approved for the 9th and 10th of January and the 16th and 17th of January.
All industrial, commercial and service activities begin to close at 6 pm on weekdays and at 5 pm on weekends and municipal holidays.
The Government of Madeira has decided, on the other hand, to suspend the face-to-face classes for students of the 3rd cycle and secondary education in all schools in the Autonomous Region of Madeira between today and 31 January. In the first cycles and crèches and kindergartens, parents are being advised that activities cease by 6 pm.