Informative Note

Coronavirus: Essential public services


The Decree of the President of the Republic 14-A/2020 of 18 March declared a state of emergency in Portugal due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This was followed by Order3547-A/2020 of the Office of the Minister for the Environment and Climate Action, which was published and came into force at midnight on 23 March 2020.

Order 3547-A/2020 establishes measures to ensure there is no interruption in the supply chains for essential public goods and services. These services include  water supply, urban wastewater sanitation, urban waste management, energy supply – electricity and gas – and fuels, and public passenger transport. The Order also provides for initiatives intended to effectively combat the spread of the virus while carrying out these activities.


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Impacts and challenges for businesses in Portugal

PLMJ has created a multidisciplinary team dedicated to analysing the legal and operational challenges that businesses are facing. Our team’s mission is work hand-in-hand with our clients to find the best solutions to mitigate the risks and to relieve some of the pressure they are under.

We have created a Coronavirus Hub to share practical information to help mitigate the risks for companies in Portugal.

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