15 April 21 |
Angola updates measures and control of the spread of Covid-19

Presidential Decree no. 82/21, of 09 April - Updates the measures and control of the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus and COVID, in force in the Republic of Angola until 10 May 2021.

Presidential Decree no. 82/21, of 09 April - Updates the measures and control of the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus and COVID, in force in the Republic of Angola until 10 May 2021.

It stands:

  1. Obligation of the use of facial masks on public streets, closed spaces of public access, public and collective transport, markets, street vending and schools, non-compliance with which is subject to a fine ranging from Akz (Kwanzas) 10,000.00 to 15,000.00.
  2. Duty of house lock-down for all citizens who refrain from circulating or remaining on the public highway between 10pm and 5am, except for necessary and unpostponable movements.
  3. Scheduled national and international flights, where entry and exit are subject to health controls defined by the competent authorities, carrying out a pre-boarding test with a negative result 72 hours prior to travel and subsequent testing on arrival in Angolan territory at airport facilities. Regardless of the result of the test, home quarantine is mandatory for 7 days, at the end of which time a third test is performed and if negative a discharge permit is issued, and failure to comply with home quarantine is considered a crime subject to a fine ranging from Akz 150,000.00 to 250,000.00.
  4. Special protection of citizens vulnerable to Covid-19 infection, specifically people aged 60 years or older, people with chronic diseases considered to be at risk (renal, hypertensive, diabetic, oncological, obese, immunocompromised, pregnant women, cardiovascular patients, chronic respiratory patients and patients with sickle-cell anemia), these people being exempt from face-to-face work.

Public and private services work full time (from 6am to 5pm) but with a capacity limit of 75% of the workforce, and with the safeguard of the duty to prioritize teleworking or other mechanisms for providing work remotely. Public passenger transport is limited to 75% of its capacity.

In-person teaching for foreign and international schools is now authorized for all levels of education, but canteens are prohibited.

Sports activities are authorized for federate sports but subject to tests conducted on the day of the competition for the agents involved, with the possibility of the presence of the public up to 10% of the capacity of the sports venue. On the other hand, individual and leisure sports may be practiced on the public highway from 5am to 9pm and with a group of up to 10 people. Regarding gyms, they are authorized provided that they operate in open spaces, but the prohibition of opening gyms in closed spaces remains.

Regarding the commercial activity of goods and services in general, the opening hours were extended and may operate from 7am to 10pm, but always with the observance of rules of biosecurity and physical distance, as well as temperature control and hand hygiene at the entrance and inside the facilities. Restaurants and similar establishments continue to operate from 6am to 9pm, with 50% of their capacity occupied and a maximum limit of 4 people per table.

Museums, theatres, monuments, cinemas, libraries and media libraries will continue to operate, but must not exceed 50% of their capacity.

Religious activities may take place every day of the week with capacity limited to 50% of the capacity and with a maximum duration of two hours. The funeral ceremonies are limited to 20 people.

Home gatherings cannot exceed 15 people, and festive gatherings in places other than homes are prohibited. In turn, no gathering of more than 10 people of any kind is allowed on public roads, and the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.

Access to beaches, swimming pools and other bathing areas remains prohibited, but access to naval clubs and marinas for sporting purposes is allowed, as well as the use of boats for recreational purposes.

All existing measures as set out above are subject to change depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation. If there is no need to do so earlier, they will be reviewed on 09 May 2021.


The impact of pandemic COVID 19 on the health sector?

I believe that Pandemic has emphasized and promoted all the prerogatives inherent to telework, not only for the employer but also for the worker.

While the employer sees its costs reduced in all areas of business management, the employee benefits from an increased quality of life where work/life balance is healthily cognizant.

I am also of the opinion that the pandemic in general generated a reduction of costs in all aspects, from the reduction of workers due to the crisis, to a reduction of costs in management, at the level of workers and projects.

As for the expectation for 2022 I believe it will be without major changes from what has already been implemented for 2021.

Opinion of Drª. Maria João Saraiva
Information Management Team Leader in the oil sector engineering department of Chevron-Cabinda Golf Oil Company

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