Covid-19: New measures balance social life – State minister

Luanda – The easing of some measures included in the Presidential Decree that declares the fourth State of Emergency, which entered into force this Monday, across the country, aims to ensure a balance between the protection of public health and economic and social well-being of the population.



One of the innovations is the extension of the days of informal trade and street sales.

Thus, in the next 15 days, the public markets (formal or informal) and street vendors will be able to work from Tuesday to Saturday, from 6:00 am to 1:00 pm.

On Sunday and Monday will be reserved for cleaning spaces.

Regarding to this, it is mandatory to use face masks for sellers and buyers, and the markets can be closed whenever there is evidence of high risks of contamination.

The commercial activity of goods and services in general starts to be done from 8 am to 3 pm, and for food sellers, the period runs until 4 pm.

Another highlight is the possibility of domestic workers to return to work after 45 days of social confinement, a decision that is up to employers.

For those who decide to rely on the help of domestic servants, the Presidential Decree stipulates that they must work between 06:00 and 15:00.

However, within the framework of the new measures of the Government, as from this Monday (11 May), is prohibited not only the cease of legal and labor relations based on the absence of employees and workers from the workplace, but the suspension of the legal relationship work.

According to the Minister of State and Chief of Staff of the Head of State, Adão de Almeida who was speaking at a press conference last Sunday in Luanda, the new emergency period intends to maintain a prudent attitude, which allows combining and balancing the preservation of health and economic activity, aiming at the well-being of citizens.

Adão de Almeida says that “there is not necessarily a loosening of measures”, but a different reality from the one that the country had at the end of March, a period in which the first State of Emergency in Angola was declared.



Source: Angola Press News Agency

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