The Maritime Police announced on Sunday the closure of two establishments on a beach in Costa da Caparica, in Almada, Setúbal district, which were hosting parties that “indicated non-compliance” with the legal measures to combat the covid-19 pandemic.

The events in question were attended by about 300 and 100 people, respectively, who complied with the stop order and dispersed, with the heads of both establishments being fined and detained for the crime of disobedience”, Said the Maritime Police, in a statement, referring that the occurrence was registered during Saturday night, on a beach in Costa da Caparica.

The two commercial establishments were “promoting parties whose contours indicated non-compliance with legal measures to control the spread of the new coronavirus”, said this supervisory body in spaces of the public maritime domain, under the responsibility of the National Maritime Authority, indicating that the intervention on site it was developed by the Local Command of the Lisbon Maritime Police – extension of Costa da Caparica.

Diogo Vieira Branco, commander of the Lisbon Maritime Police, also said in declarations to Rádio Observador that the two closed establishments are “two beach facilities, two restaurants” and that the two illegal parties were detected as follows: “one through a denunciation, another through regular inspection within the scope of the activity of the local command of the Maritime Police ”.

Noting that “the people who were there dispersed” in an orderly manner, the commander of the Lisbon Maritime Police recalls that “there was a crime of disobedience” by those responsible for the space, so “two people, one person in each of the establishments, were effectively detained and will be present to court tomorrow [segunda-feira, 27 de julho] in the morning”.

Diogo Vieira Branco also mentioned that although these types of concentrations are not exactly “recurring”, “whenever they were detected and whenever we were aware of gatherings or concentrations higher than the number that the resolution of the Council of Ministers foresees for the Metropolitan Area of ​​Lisbon, we intervened and we interrupt the situations ”.

The National Maritime Authority also warns of the “importance, necessity and obligation of all citizens to constitute themselves as public health agents”, complying with the principles inherent in the declaration of states of exception that establish exceptional and temporary measures to respond to the SARS- epidemic CoV-2 and covid-19 disease.

The occurrence registered by the Maritime Police took place in the municipality of Almada, which is part of the Metropolitan Area of ​​Lisbon (AML), being in a state of contingency due to the pandemic, with the gatherings limited to 10 people.

Most of mainland Portugal went on alert on July 1 due to the covid-19 pandemic, with the exception of the Metropolitan Area of ​​Lisbon (AML), which changed to a contingency state that remains until July 31.

AML consists of 18 municipalities, namely Alcochete, Almada, Amadora, Barreiro, Cascais, Lisbon, Loures, Mafra, Moita, Montijo, Odivelas, Oeiras, Palmela, Seixal, Sesimbra, Setúbal, Sintra and Vila Franca de Xira.

In AML, 19 parishes in five municipalities, namely Lisbon, Sintra, Loures, Amadora and Odivelas, remained in a state of calamity until 31 July.

Portugal accounts for at least 1,717 deaths associated with covid-19 in 50,164 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).