The presence of family members at funerals will be allowed again from Monday and the community religious ceremonies will return, with limitations, at the end of May, according to a timetable for the deflation today approved by the Council of Ministers.
The plan, presented by Prime Minister António Costa at a press conference, foresees that the holding of funerals will allow the presence of the relatives of the deceased to take place, without specifically defining a limit for attendance for these ceremonies.
The prime minister said that for funerals “the rule that it is incumbent on mayors as local civil protection authorities to define the maximum number of people who can attend a funeral”, but considered that in some cases “ have been excessive ”.
“We recognize that the rules that have been in force in some parts of the territory have been excessive for what is the respect that we must have for the memory of those we have lost, for the respect and attention that deserves us also that mourns the loss of a loved one, who this limit will not allow limiting the number of family members. And therefore, family members will be able to attend and participate in the funeral ceremonies of any loved one they may lose, ”said António Costa.
Regarding community religious ceremonies, the Government’s plan foresees the resumption of community ceremonies, for all confessions, in the last weekend of May, according to rules defined by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).
“In the dialogue that we have had with religious denominations, it was established that, in terms of the dialogue that each one has been maintaining with the DGS, taking into account, from the outset, the specific characteristics of the respective temples or places of worship, of the very forms of services that are distinct in each of the religious denominations, measures will be taken to allow restrictions on community celebrations in any religion to be lifted from the weekend of May 30-31, ”said the prime minister.
Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 227,000 deaths and infected almost 3.2 million people in 193 countries and territories.
About 908,000 patients were considered cured.
In Portugal, 989 people out of 25,045 confirmed to be infected died, and there are 1,519 cases recovered, according to the Directorate-General for Health.
Portugal will end on Saturday, May 2, the third period of 15 days of state of emergency, which started on March 19.
Due to the long weekend, the Government, meanwhile, decreed a ban on travel between municipalities from May 1st to 3rd.