AHRESP today regretted the ‘uncertainty and lack of prospects’ for nightlife to resume activity, despite the existence of ‘mechanisms’ to maintain economic activities ‘with greater freedom of operation’ , with reference to digital certification and testing.
In a press release published the day after the announcement of new measures for restaurants and hotels, the Associação da Hotelaria, Restauração e Similares de Portugal (AHRESP) concludes that uncertainty remains regarding “the opening of night entertainment”.
“Although there are now mechanisms that allow economic activities to be maintained with greater freedom of operation, without compromising the fight against the pandemic, as is the case with the use of the digital vaccination certificate and the tests for covid-19, the uncertainty and lack of prospects to resume their activity remains for nightlife establishments, such as bars and clubs”.
During the press conference following the Council of Ministers, the Minister of the Economy, in response to a question as to whether the use of these tools (covid-19 certificate and negative test) could be extended to sectors whose activity remains closed, such as bars and nightclubs, he indicated that as vaccination progresses, it may be possible to extend these instruments “to other activities, namely nightlife activities” and perhaps even before to others.
However, “in addition to the necessary measures to support these businesses, which must be maintained and strengthened, AHRESP appeals to the Government so that it can give an indication/guidance to these entrepreneurs, who, since March 2020, remain without activity, and who are preparing to face the loss of yet another high season”.
As for the new rules announced, which impose a certificate or a digital test for access to hotel establishments and inside restaurants in high and very high risk municipalities (Friday evenings, weekends and public holidays ), the association clarifies that “raise many doubts”, therefore “it looks forward to the publication of the diploma that will regulate this matter”.
“After analysis, we will take the appropriate measures,” he adds.
Restaurants in high or very high risk counties will now have to require a digital certificate or a negative test for covid-19 from 7:00 p.m. on Fridays and on weekends for indoor dining.
The new requirement will start to apply from next Saturday, from 3:30 p.m.
The measure only applies to the supply of meals inside restaurants, excluding patisseries and cafés, as well as meals served on terraces.
Four types of tests are accepted: PCR and antigen with laboratory results (referred to in the covid-19 digital certificate) and also self-tests carried out face-to-face (at the entrance to the establishment) or in front of a health professional (in pharmacy, for example).