Daily Archives: May 26, 2020

Angola adopts Public Calamity Situation

Luanda – The Council of Ministers approved, this Monday, a legal diploma that declares the Situation of Public Calamity in Angola, replacing the State of Emergency.

According to the final communiqué of the meeting of the auxiliary body of the President of the Republic, the measure should take effect from 00h00 of May 26.

The law establishes the measures to be in force during its period of validity, as well as the operating rules for public and private services.

The decision, according to the document to which ANGOP had access, aims to allow the gradual process of a return to normal social life in the country, although the Government recognizes that there is still a “high risk of contagion” of the new coronavirus (Covid-19).

According to the communiqué, the Government “cannot neglect the serious economic consequences that have resulted from the halt of social life and the restrictions of fundamental rights”.

This is why the new measure seeks “a proportional balance between the protection of public health and the normal exercise of economic and social activities,” the document states.

Among other measures, under the terms defined by the competent authorities, the health fence of the province of Luanda is maintained from 00h00 on 26 May to 23h59 on 09 June.

The Government recommends citizens to refrain from travelling on public roads and on private spaces and roads similar to public roads, as well as to remain at their homes, except for necessary and unavoidable journeys.

In the framework of the Public Calamity Situation, specific rules have also been established for educational establishments, relating to vocational training centres, competitions and sports training, trade in goods and services in general, restaurants and the like.

The Government also defined rules of procedure for industrial, agricultural and fishing activities, civil construction and public works, activities and meetings, religious activities, health units, visits to hospitals and prisons, collective transport of people and goods, hotels and similar establishments, in addition to the operation of public services in general.



Source: Angola Press News Agency

Public Calamity Situation already in force

Luanda – After 60 days of social confinement under the Presidential Decree on the State of Emergency, Angola is observing, as of Tuesday, a Public Calamity Situation, with new rules to overcome the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.


The decision, according to the Government  aims to allow for the gradual process of a return to normal social life in the country, despite the recognition that there is still a “high risk of contagion” of the new coronavirus (Covid-19).

The Government believes that “it cannot neglect the serious economic consequences that have resulted from the halt of social life and the undermining of fundamental rights”.

For this reason, with the new measure, it seeks “a proportional balance between the defence of public health and the normal exercise of economic and social activities”.

Among other measures, as defined by the competent authorities, it is maintained the national health fence and is only allowed to leave or enter means of transport with humanitarian aid and food or persons for health and death reasons.

The province of Luanda will observe a special health fence in the period from 26 May until 23h59 on June 9.

According to the new Presidential Decree, public and private institutions will continue to operate, in a first phase, with 50 percent of the workforce, until 29 June.

The companies, the legal instrument determines, will increase to 75 per cent of the workforce in the period from 29 June to 13 July, the time foreseen for the general return of workers.

Another new element in the Public Calamity Situation is the full reopening of all public and private health units that have been operating only with essential services since the entry into force of the State of Emergency in March.

Thus, the provision of all curative and preventive services in the national public and private sector will be resumed, such as consultations and specialty treatments.

Primary education classes

Classes in primary education institutions, both public and private, will resume officially on 27 July if the country’s epidemiological situation recommends.

In the meantime, university and secondary education classes resume on 13 July, if the minimum conditions in epidemiological terms are also created.

The resumption of pre-school education is subject to their own regulations, with the conditions for maintaining physical distance, at the entrance and inside the school building, waste management in accordance with biosecurity rules.

Another new aspect is the reopening of restaurants and similar establishments on 26 May, working initially from Monday to Friday, between 06h00 and 15h00.

From June 8, they will be open until 10:30 p.m. and must comply with the criterion of reducing the maximum capacity of the establishment, in order to ensure the recommended physical distancing between people on the premises.

Under the same condition are the hotel and similar establishments, through compliance with various measures, such as the obligation to control temperature at the entrance and the use of masks in the access and concentration areas of people.

Commercial establishments will also be able to work to the full, and must ensure a specific safety plan for covid-19 and display the maximum capacity of people within the establishment in a visible document for the public.

Also from 26 May, the vocational training centres will be reopened, allowing the practice of individual sport and leisure in open space.

Industrial, agricultural and fishing activities, and urgent, strategic and priority public works will also begin.

From June 8th, all other civil construction works will be authorized.

Churches reopen on June 24

As of 27 June, official training and sports activities and unofficial collective sports practice will resume, and the presence of spectators in these places will have to be defined by law, in accordance with the Presidential Decree.

As for the collective transport of people and goods, they will operate in three phases, with the first one the capacity should be only 50 per cent, and later increased to 75 percent.

Among the new measures of the Government also includes the reopening of churches from 24 June, with a maximum capacity of 50 percent of the place of worship , when in a closed place, with a maximum limit of 150 people.

The Government stipulates that visits to hospitals will be allowed from 24 June, the same date for Class C prisons. Visits to Class B jails begin on 9 July and to Class A jails only on 25 July.

Rules of operation

In general terms, under the new measures, the institutions will have to comply strictly with the regular hygiene of surfaces, the provision of hygiene solutions of hands at entrance and placing sanitizing points on the premises.



Source: Angola Press News Agency


Singer Matias Damasio takes food aid to needy people

Luanda – Musician Matias Damásio is distributing in five provinces the more than 147,000 tons of food and water collected during the live solidarity show on May 3.


The delivery of the basic products began at the Centro Pequena Semente (Cacuaco), Centro Dom Bosco (Sambizanga) Lar Kuzola (Maianga), Comissão de Morro Bento and Benfica and at Beiral (home for the elderly).

Besides Luanda, basic food baskets were channeled to the provinces of Kwanza Sul, Malanje, Bié, Huambo, Huíla and Benguela to support families in need.

The artist stresses that this is a way of “distributing the virus of love to Angola”. “I can no longer be satisfied with the reaction of the people who watched the live and the companies that have been supporting me for a long time so that this self-help action may have come true,” he said.

For the singer, it is the duty of public figures to support their audience in whatever way they can, by mobilizing civil society and companies that work every day so that Angola’s economy does not stop and so that the lives of citizens continue.

The managers of the institutions supported in Luanda consider it an added value to help strengthen the diet of those assisted.



Source: Angola Press News Agency

Angolan government reopens libraries, cinemas, theatres

Luanda – After 59 days closed, due to the State of Emergency decreed by the President of the Republic on March 27, Angolan government is to reopen museums, libraries, media libraries, cinemas, theatres, monuments and similar establishments on July 13.

The concerned institutions, including the operation of fairs and exhibitions, are subject to 50 percent of the capacity of the rooms, says the Presidential Decree, which imposes henceforth the State of Calamity in the country.

Recreational, cultural and leisure activities on public roads or in public spaces will operate in three phases, with museums, libraries, media libraries, theatres, monuments and similar establishments starting on July 13.

According to the Minister of State and Head of the Civil House of the President of the Republic, Adão de Almeida, the access to beaches and other bathing areas is conditioned to the beginning of the bathing season.

Other cultural and artistic activities are subject to their own regulations.

Regarding the churches, Adão de Almeida said that they will be reopened on June 24, with a limitation of up to 50 per cent of the capacity of the places of worship, not exceeding 150 people.

Religious institutions may celebrate activities 4 days a week, with the remaining days being reserved for the hygiene of the places of worship.

Angola records 70 positive cases of the covid-19 , 48 active, four deaths and 18 recovered, so far, 42 cases of local transmission and 28 imported have been recorded.


Source: Angola Press News Agency