With the September 7th holiday this Thursday, many services stop working or operate in an alternative way. Essential activities, such as emergency health services, operate on an on-call basis, but some services are suspended.
Emergency Care Units (UPAs) of the Unified Health System (SUS) and urgent and emergency care centers in private health networks will provide assistance. In some locations, pharmacies may operate, possibly at alternative times. It needs to be checked case by case.
Public transport services generally set up special schemes, especially in cities where there are parades or large mobilizations, as in the case of Grito dos Excluídos and Excluded Women. In other cities, transport operates with the same number of vehicles and with restrictions applied on Sundays. Before leaving home, it is essential to check with the transport authorities in each location.
Bank branches will be closed to the public on the holiday. Self-service terminals, as well as digital channels (such as websites and applications) will operate normally on Thursday, allowing transfers and bill payments to be made.
Those who have bills due on the 7th will be able to pay the following day, interest free. On the 8th, agencies will have normal business hours.
Post offices will be closed and deliveries will not take place on this Thursday’s holiday. But on Friday, the 8th, the Post Office routine returns to normal. The Correios Customer Service Center (CAC) will be available on the website and by phone during the holiday. The numbers are: 0800 725 7282, 0800 725 0100 and 3003 0100.
The operation of street stores and shopping centers depends on local regulations and legislation, generally defined after negotiations with store unions. Even where stores are open, opening hours may be different from usual. Once again, it is necessary to check the local reality. The same goes for supermarkets.
Editing: Rodrigo Durão Coelho