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Government authorizes sale of books (but ignores noise recommendation)

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The decree regulating the new state of emergency confirms the authorization to sell books in spaces that may be open, but does not follow Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa’s recommendation on noise.

The decree, signed by the Prime Minister and the President of the Republic, and released this morning, establishes that the Minister of Economy can interdict the spaces that remain open from selling “typically traded goods” in establishments forced to close, “with exclusion of books and school supplies, which should remain available to students and citizens in general ”, as quoted by the newspaper Public.

“The President of the Republic has forbidden us to ban” the sale of books, the Prime Minister told reporters on Thursday

However, bookstores are unlikely to open anytime soon, since the decree states that “it is not (…) recommended to reduce the measures that have been adopted”.

The presidential project that renews the state of emergency included a proviso allowing the selling books and school supplies, establishing that these products “should continue to be available to students and citizens in general”.

“Limitations on the sale of certain products in establishments that remain open may be established, with the exclusion of books and school materials, remain available for students and citizens in general ”, it reads in the draft decree that the head of state, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, sent to the Assembly of the Republic.

Government ignores noise recommendation

In the same presidential decree, Marcelo added a point that allows it to become possible there are new noise levels, lower than currently allowed. This amendment aims to safeguard that teleworkers are not disturbed.

“Lower noise levels can be determined in decibels or in certain hourly periods, in residential buildings, so as not to disturb teleworkers,” reads the presidential decree.

However, according to the Public, the regulatory decree of the next state of emergency ignores this recommendation.

The current General Noise Regulation defines neighborhood noise as all the sound associated with housing use and the activities inherent to it, produced directly by someone or through someone else, and also includes the noise of animals, when its duration, repetition or intensity affects public health or tranquility the neighborhood.

The law further stipulates that among 23h e as 7h, (neighbors and) police authorities can demand an immediate end to noise.

In the case of works, although a special noise license is not required, restoration, remodeling or conservation works carried out inside buildings intended for housing and which are a source of noise can only be carried out on weekdays, between 8 am and 8 pm.

The decree of the next state of emergency was approved with votes in favor of PS, PSD, CDS, PAN and non-registered deputy Cristina Rodrigues. The PCP, PEV, IL, Chega and deputy Joacine Katar Moreira repeated the vote against. BE abstained again.

Maria Campos Maria Campos, ZAP //

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