*** UPDATE ***
As you may be aware of, the Portuguese government declared the highest level of alert because of COVID-19 and will maintain it until 9 of April.
It is therefore important to strengthen the measures already taken by IST and the specific rules applied to IN+, which were divulgated last week and reproduced below.
We reinforce that the space of IN+ is closed and no one can stay there. Moreover, it is important that you are aware of the fact that, if an infection occurs during this period inside the space of IN+, that represents a violation of guidelines sanctioned as a civil crime.
Due to a a reasonable and well-founded suspicion of the existence of a case of COVID-19 among the IST community, that arrived this morning, the Management Board of IST took the decision to move temporarily to phase 3 of the IST contingency plan.
After several preventive measures taken by IST to contain the virus propagation, we have decided a number of measures/recommendations specific to IN+, as follows:
1. Social Contacts: one of the most important actions is to limit "social contacts" to the extent possible and in reasonable conditions. We therefore recommend that:
2. Traveling: IST has cancelled all missions and international travel to mitigate the contamination risks.
3. These measures will last while IST maintains the containment measures.
4 - Additional information:
Although these measures will cause several inconveniences, they are for a greater good and for our own protection.
It is our individual responsibility to contribute to the limitation of the spread of the COVID-19 and to maintain our own health and well-being of our colleagues, friends and relatives.