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Factsheet for measure PT-2020-11/395 – measures in Portugal

Care for children or other dependants of workers of essential services

Acolhimento dos/as filhos/as ou outros dependentes a cargo de trabalhadores/as de serviços essenciais

Country Portugal , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 14 March 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Mobilisation of a larger workforce
Author Heloisa Perista and Maria da Paz Campos Lima (CESIS)
Measure added 08 April 2020 (updated 05 May 2020)

Background information

The Decree-Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March establishes exceptional and temporary measures regarding the epidemiological situation of the new Coronavirus - COVID 19.

The suspension of teaching and non-teaching and of formative activities with the presence of students, both in schools and in other social care organisations, in force since 16 March 2020, is one of the extraordinary and urgent measures implemented.

Workers in essential services are provided with a specific measure that ensures care for their children or other dependent household members.

Content of measure

This measure covers workers of essential services, following the suspension of teaching and non-teaching and of formative activities with the presence of students, both in schools and in other social care organisations.

A teaching facility is identified in each school group to provide for the care of children and other dependents of i) health, security forces and services, including volunteer firefighters, and armed forces professionals, ii) workers of essential public services, of essential infrastructure management and maintenance, and iii) other essential services, whose mobilisation for service or operational readiness prevents them to take care for their children or other dependents.

The workers identified above are mobilised by the employer or by public authority.

Use of measure

Not available

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Workers in essential services
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Local / regional government
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown



Views and reactions

Not available.


  • 13 March 2020: DECRETO-LEI N.º 10-A/2020 - DIÁRIO DA REPÚBLICA N.º 52/2020, 1º SUPLEMENTO, SÉRIE I DE 2020-03-13 (


Eurofound (2020), Care for children or other dependants of workers of essential services, measure PT-2020-11/395 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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