All Souls’ Day, November 2nd, falls on a Thursday this year. Therefore, many services will have special opening hours not only on the 2nd, but also on Friday, the 3rd. The holiday is national.
As is customary, essential services, such as urgent and emergency health services, remain operational. Emergency Care Units (UPAs) of the Unified Health System (SUS) and urgent and emergency care centers in private health networks will be open.
Pharmacies may or may not work, depending on the location. In some cities, shifts or shifts are made (with only a few drugstores open). It needs to be confirmed on a case-by-case basis.
Public transport systems generally adopt different operating schemes on holidays. The most common thing is that Sunday stopovers, itineraries and frequencies are adopted. The organization of the public transport system is the responsibility of local authorities.
Bank branches will be closed to the public across the country this Thursday. Alternatively, digital channels (such as websites and applications) and self-service terminals (ATMs) can be used. There will be normal business hours on Friday. Anyone who has bills or bills due on November 2nd will be able to pay on the 3rd, without penalty.
The National Social Security Institute (INSS) informed that the agencies will be closed on Thursday, but will have normal service on Friday. Citizens with scheduled services can access the Meu INSS website to confirm the dates.
The Post Office will also have branches closed this Thursday, resuming normal service on Friday. On Thursday, delivery drivers will not take to the streets, but orders will be delivered on Friday or Saturday. Correios offers a Customer Service Center throughout the day on public holidays, on the website and by telephone. The numbers are: 0800 725 7282, 0800 725 0100 and 3003 0100.
In the education sector, the situation varies. In some educational units, classes are suspended both on the holiday and the following day. In others, however, Friday is a normal school day. The determination is up to each education department and the institutions’ management.
The operation of commerce, including shopping centers, varies greatly depending on the location. Whether or not the stores will operate depends on negotiations with the store owners’ and workers’ unions in the sector. Before leaving home, you need to check what the rules are in your city.
Editing: Rodrigo Durão Coelho